Podcast

Wes Winham Winler, CEO of Woven: $4 Million Raised to Transform How Companies Recruit and Hire Developers

In today’s episode of Category Visionaries, we speak with Wes Winham Winler, CEO of Woven, about why a new way of hiring tech developers is needed to keep up with the rapid transformation and growth in the startup space. By putting candidates through rigorous skills testing exercises tailor made to the needs of a specific company, Woven is determined to all but eliminate the mishiring phenomenon and make sure everyone finds themselves in the role that’s right for them.

Wes also explains how a personal experience working with a small team led him to really understand the impact of ineffective hiring, why keeping ‘in-category’ is important for helping potential customers connect with your business, and how pretty much anything can be measured (even if not precisely) to help us all make better business decisions moving forward.

Topics Discussed:

  • Wes’ experiences in startup culture, and how both positive and negative experiences gave him important lessons to apply with Woven.
  • How many of us forget that some of the world’s biggest corporate names were once startups too, and how much we can learn from their growth experiences.
  • Why developing tech solutions, and skill tests in particular, needs effective client communication as much as top-quality programming
  • How almost anything can be measured to some extent or another, and why establishing measurements can help us make more effective decisions
  • Why ‘business culture’ can sometimes be a catchall to protect ourselves from legitimate criticism
  • Why even innovators might be better off staying in an established category to help build new connections with potential customers

Favorite book: 

How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business

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