The Shape of Work

#82: Sarah McKenna on lessons from her experience building highly efficient product teams

August 22, 2021 Springworks Season 1 Episode 82
The Shape of Work
#82: Sarah McKenna on lessons from her experience building highly efficient product teams
Show Notes

Serial entrepreneur Sarah McKenna knows a thing or two about running successful data and technology companies. She has founded a couple of global data and technology companies. Apart from being the CEO of Sequentum, Sarah is also a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners.

On this episode of The Shape of Work podcast, Sarah talks about the strategic lessons she has learned over her many years of experience launching hyper-growth products and building highly efficient product teams.

Sarah discusses with us:

  • Her approach to hiring the first set of employees
  • Sink or swim: why do startups fail vs the running themes of startups that do well
  • Tasks that take up most of her time as a CEO
  • Focusing on the ‘why’ instead of the ‘how’
  • When and how she hired her first HR employee
  • Why startups should not risk their employees’ well being
  • Her views on tech salaries going astronomical

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Produced by: Priya Bhatt
Podcast host: Abhash Kumar

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BONUS: Building highly efficient teams is not possible without effective team building activities. Here is A Proven Guide to Team Building Activities [2021] to ensure your teams remain motivated, productive, and together.