Most designers don’t dream about working on one brand, one website, and one UI. They crave variety. That’s why I joined an agency right out of school and didn’t think twice about going into product design. Nobody really did; agencies were where all the cool kids were. Designers could breath life into so many different (and sometimes sad) corners of the internet at an agency. They could work on Nike one day and BMW the next. Exposed brick, thick-rimmed glasses, and a portfolio full of big brands: That was the dream.
Name: Steve Purcell
Role: Tech Lead, Leadin
Hometown: Dublin, Ireland
Last book you read: The Innovator’s Dilemma. In the early stages of Leadin we spent a lot of time reimagining inbound marketing and exploring how we could make it accessible to everyone. This book is all about disruption so it was a great resource along the way.
Recruiting and team building are the biggest challenges facing any growing technology company today. Hiring creative and driven people to build your product can easily mean the difference between customer happiness and customer churn. Companies who don’t invest in culture, opportunities for growth, and access to interesting technical projects have a tough road ahead of them. But the market is ridiculously competitive, and great engineers, designers, and product people have never had an easier time finding compelling work.
What do you get when you mix a 484-piece classic Lego set, approximately 100 gallons of caffeine, 2000 stickers, sharpies galore, and enough Post-its to wallpaper an entire house?
A HubSpot design workshop, of course.
Engineers, designers, and product managers make development decisions every day with the implicit goal of improving some key metric. We want to redesign a page because we believe that it will increase retention by improving the user experience. We want to add a brand new feature or expand an existing one because we believe this will increase product usage by making the product more valuable to customers.
Neha Narkhede is the co-founder and head of engineering at stream data platform company Confluent, and one of the original authors of Apache Kafka. Earlier this week, Neha joined us at HubSpot for Boston Kafka Night where she talked to us about Kafka's architecture, discussed how companies are leveraging it for advanced real-time data processing, and discovered Samza on the Rocks.