This month, we welcomed our new Director of Culture, Barb Stark. Barb’s been a huge influence in the Portland startup community, and we’re pleased as punch to have her experience and expertise here at Cloudability.
But what does Barb think about all this? Why does she like startups? And what the heck does a “Director of Culture” do anyway? Well, we asked her, and this is what she said:
A lot of people say that start-ups are too much work, too much heavy lifting, just too damn much.
But they are also invigorating, stimulating, and a hell of a lot of fun. And that’s part of my job. Creating the fun. Now you might think, ‘Hey, Barb, your job is about fun? How hard could that be?’. Imagine, if you will, a developer that’s been hitting it hard for seven hours straight and heads to the fridge in the middle of the night and finds his favorite Duchesse de Bourgogne sour beer? *SMILE* Imagine a sales guy stressed after pounding the phone for three hours, standing up, stretching and then heading over to the in-house gym for a workout. *SIGH* Imagine a Marketing dude, tired after being on an hour-long phone call with the PR firm planning an event, switching on his headphones and taking the company bike out for a spin. *SWEET*
Creating an atmosphere that simultaneously creates and relieves stress requires a lot of finesse. Part environment, part benefits, part hiring voodoo, part management style, part Amazing Kreskin….all these skills come together to create a culture where our employees enjoy the challenges they are routinely faced with and it’s not a grind to spend time at the office. And a lot of times it’s actually fun or at least funny. That’s my job. And I’ve been doing it for a looong time. PNW Bell, Serena, SmartForest, Veriwave, Urban Airship, all of my experiences have helped shape me and I’ve helped shape them. And now, I’m going to work my magic for Cloudability.
You should come check us out, it’s going to be awesome!