Tales from the SaaS Graveyard

Tales from the SaaS Graveyard

Welcome to Tales from the SaaS graveyard. We talk to employees at tech companies that are in the middle of the bell curve. Not going out of a business, but definitely not hitting the big time.... Show More

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February 16, 2021 70 min

David talks about going from a Fortune 500 company to a Boston-based startup. We discuss the challenges of being the most junior person on the team, management's expectations for "passion" projects, and the joys of ping pong. 

 

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Hosts: Jake & Stephen

Intro Music: Blue Dot Sessions

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January 5, 2021 46 min

Chris talks about his transition from working at Microsoft to being the first employee at RecruitForce. We discuss Chris’s journey that year and how your expectations for a role can be drastically different than reality. 

 

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Hosts: Jake & Stephen

Intro Music: Blue Dot Sessions

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October 20, 2020 44 min

Priya talks about switching jobs while on maternity leave.  She shares stories about joining a unicorn, inheriting a team and a welcome lunch that took an unexpected turn.

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Hosts: Jake & Stephen

Intro Music: Blue Dot Sessions

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September 8, 2020 62 min

Carl talks about a growing engineering department, corporate doublespeak and the optimal amount of free boba tea for employees. 

Episode Correction: In the episode you will hear a reference to a rumor that Salesforce employees were having sex in the stairwell of an office building. This is incorrect. The rumor was not about Salesforce employees, it was about Zenefits employees. You can learn more about this scandalous rumor in thi...

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August 18, 2020 52 min

Nate talks about exploring different roles at "Goose.io", a people search company.  Could "Goose.io" buck the industry’s worst practices or did they get cooked?

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Hosts: Jake & Stephen

Intro Music: Blue Dot Sessions

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July 7, 2020 45 min

Joe talks about his transition from being an engineer to a data scientist. We'll discuss the challenges of a career change, the tradeoffs of being a team player & the ethics of data collection.  

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Hosts: Jake & Stephen

Intro Music: Blue Dot Sessions

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June 2, 2020 51 min

Lauren talks about her first professional role at a technology company catering to restaurants. In this episode she educates us on bowling party etiquette, when to bluff and when to walk away.

Helpful links for being an ally to women in the workplace: 

  • How to (Effectively) Be a Feminist in the Workplace by Jennifer Dziura
  • Being a male feminist—like being a white ally—isn’t about making yourself feel better by Leah Fessler
  • So, You W...
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    May 12, 2020 52 min

    Jim talks about his success as the supply growth manager at WonderGarden (Airbnb for luxury properties) for the San Francisco Bay Area. He was great at his job but will his efforts lead to a positive outcome for WonderGarden's investors? 

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    Hosts: Jake & Stephen

    Intro Music: Blue Dot Sessions

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    March 10, 2020 47 min

    Chris talks about his short tenure as a marketer at a social media company. This episode is filled with stories about what public relations is, how having millions of users means nothing, and how to handle being laid off.

    Credits: Hosts: Jake & Stephen Intro Music: Blue Dot Sessions

     

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    February 11, 2020 50 min

    Mike talks about getting his first job as a software engineer at a company that sells software to local governments. This episode is filled with stories about "not" hot sauce hazing, psychopathic CEOs, and a troublesome wall. 

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    Articles Referenced:

    The Psychopathic CEO by Jack McCullough

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    Hosts: Jake & Stephen

    Intro Music: Blue Dot Sessions

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    January 7, 2020 46 min
    Shane talks about his rapid rise in the sales department of an event space tech company. Everything was great until one day it wasn't.

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    Hosts: Jake & Stephen

    Intro Music: Blue Dot Sessions

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    December 10, 2019 53 min

    Colin discusses his transition from being a freelance designer to working at a video game start up in 2008. We discuss how the iPhone changed the direction of the company, the change in leadership, and why he no longer works there. 

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    Hosts: Jake & Stephen

    Intro Music: Blue Dot Sessions

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    November 11, 2019 38 min

    Jess discusses her transition from academia to Product Management, what it was like to be the second female at her company, and why the CEO wasn’t around that first month.

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    Hosts: Jake & Stephen

    Intro Music: Blue Dot Sessions

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