About The Talk
Entrepreneurs will go through many challenges as they build and scale their company. It takes a lot of perseverance, hard work and some luck to build a company that lasts.
Right now during this pandemic, many businesses have failed or face their toughest challenge yet as they navigate these unprecedented times.
As a founder, you may be teetering between “surviving” and “thriving”, but you can be both! You’ll find that in similar situations in the past (the .com bubble, the 2008 financial crisis), top executives have used moments like this to focus on their customers and come out ahead of their competitors.
To learn more about what it takes to succeed through challenges as an entrepreneur, and how to survive and thrive, we’re excited to speak with Isaac Oates, Founder & CEO of Justworks, the nation’s fastest-growing HR technology company.
We’re going to dive into lessons Isaac has learned growing Justworks 100x in 5 years, and his advice to entrepreneurs building startups right now.
Founder & CEO of Justworks
Before founding Justworks, Isaac served for 12 years in the National Guard and Army Reserve as an intelligence officer, where the importance of an unshakeable team and a focus on people became clear to him. He began his professional career as a software engineer for Amazon, eventually leaving to build his first startup Adtuitive, which was acquired by Etsy in 2009.
At both Adtuitive and later Etsy, where Isaac led the HR and payments group, he recognized the system was broken. Frustrated by paperwork, exorbitant costs, and endless hours spent on administration instead of his team, he came up with the idea for Justworks in 2012.
Isaac holds an MBA from Cornell University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He lives in Manhattan with his son James.
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