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Welcome to another episode of Category Visionaries — the show that explores GTM stories from the tech’s most innovative B2B founders. In today’s episode, we’re speaking with Harpreet Singh, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Launchable, a software testing platform that has raised over $12 Million in funding. Launchable is at the forefront of revolutionizing software testing by significantly reducing testing times through predictive test selection, leveraging machine learning to enhance development efficiency.

 

Here are the most interesting points from our conversation:

  • Harpreet’s Transition from Big Companies to Startups: After spending a decade at Sun Microsystems, Harpreet discovered his preference for the dynamic startup environment, leading to roles at CloudBees and Atlassian before launching his venture, highlighting the journey from an engineer to an entrepreneur.
  • Admiration for People-focused Leadership: Harpreet respects founders who prioritize building a great culture and listening to their team. He aims to replicate these values at Launchable, demonstrating the impact of leadership style on company culture and growth.
  • The Co-CEO Model’s Success: Drawing inspiration from Atlassian, Harpreet and his co-founder adopted the Co-CEO model, finding it beneficial for making balanced decisions and dividing responsibilities based on strengths, which has contributed significantly to Launchable’s strategic development.
  • Innovative Solution to a Common Problem: Launchable addresses the inefficiency in software testing by introducing predictive test selection. This solution, which reduces testing times by up to 80%, showcases the company’s commitment to enhancing the software development lifecycle.
  • Strategic Early Customer Engagement: Securing BMW as an early customer through a product advisor program was pivotal. It not only validated Launchable’s market fit but also demonstrated the potential for startups to engage with large enterprises effectively.
  • Vision for the Future and Category Creation: Harpreet shares his vision for Launchable’s future, focusing on expanding the scope of their solution to encompass broader issues in the bug and issue triaging space. This ambition illustrates the company’s goal to define a new subcategory within software testing, emphasizing test failure intelligence and management.

 

Actionable
Takeaways

Embrace a Flexible Leadership Style:

Harpreet's admiration for leaders who prioritize culture and listen to their teams highlights the importance of adopting a people-focused approach to leadership. B2B tech founders can benefit from creating an environment that values transparency, encourages open communication, and fosters a sense of belonging among team members.

Consider Co-Founder Dynamics and Roles:

The Co-CEO model, as successfully implemented by Harpreet and his Co-Founder, demonstrates the value of sharing leadership responsibilities based on each founder's strengths. For startups considering this model, it's crucial to have clear communication channels, mutual respect, and a shared vision to make balanced, strategic decisions that propel the company forward.

Identify and Address Niche Problems:

Launchable's focus on optimizing software testing by predicting which tests are likely to fail is a prime example of identifying a specific, underserved problem and developing a tailored solution. Founders should look for niche areas within their industries where they can apply innovative solutions to address pain points effectively.

Leverage Early Customer Engagement for Validation:

Engaging early customers, as Harpreet did with BMW, can provide invaluable feedback and validation for your product. Consider implementing a product advisor program or similar initiatives to collaborate closely with early users, refine your product based on real-world use, and establish credibility within your target market.

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