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EP 102: Armon Dadgar (HashiCorp Co-Founder) Reflects 48-Hours After Selling to IBM

EP 102: Armon Dadgar (HashiCorp Co-Founder) Reflects 48-Hours After Selling to IBM

Update: 2024-05-03
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After last week’s announcement that IBM is acquiring HashiCorp for $6.4B, HashiCorp co-founder Armon Dadgar discussed a few behind-the-scenes elements of the acquisition and HashiCorp’s full journey from the early days. Armon shares some of his biggest lessons from the journey, from fundraising to community building and more.

 

(00:00 ) Intro

(01:17 ) Explaining HashiCorp: Simplifying Cloud Infrastructure for Enterprises

(03:24 ) Navigating the Acquisition: Emotions, Expectations, and the Future with IBM

(09:01 ) The Founding Story: Choosing the Path of a Venture-Backed Business

(10:59 ) Challenging Silicon Valley Wisdom: HashiCorp's Multi-Product Strategy

(17:54 ) The Importance of Being Pragmatic: Adapting Products to Market Needs

(32:27 ) Customer Trust and Commitment: The Foundation of HashiCorp's Success

(36:27 ) Organizational Evolution: Adapting Structure to Strategy at HashiCorp

(38:36 ) Exploring Product Verticals and Team Structures

(39:16 ) The Evolution of Product Portfolio

(40:46 ) Strategic Product Development and Market Fit

(41:51 ) Transitioning from Product Expansion to Monetization

(43:27 ) The Impact of Docker on Fundraising and Strategy

(50:31 ) Navigating the Challenges of Multi-Product Strategy

(55:33 ) The Significance of Branding and Product Naming

(01:00:46 ) Understanding User vs. Buyer Dynamics in Open Source Monetization

(01:09:17 ) The Founders' Journey: From University to HashiCorp

(01:16:39 ) Navigating Leadership and Hiring Challenges

(01:17:14 ) The Search for the Right Leadership: A Journey of Discovery

(01:17:57 ) Realizing the Need for Specialized Roles

(01:18:24 ) The Turning Point: Hiring Key Executives

(01:19:57 ) Overcoming the Ego: Embracing Change for Company Success

(01:21:18 ) The Final Decision: Bringing in New Leadership

(01:22:45 ) Reflecting on the Hiring Process and Its Impact

(01:28:27 ) Building a Culture of Execution and Communication

(01:50:51 ) The Importance of Airline Loyalty for Busy Executives

 

Executive Producer: Rashad Assir

Producer: Leah Clapper

Mixing and editing: Justin Hrabovsky

 

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Logan Bartlett is a Software Investor at Redpoint Ventures - a Silicon Valley-based VC with $6B AUM and investments in Snowflake, DraftKings, Twilio, and Netflix. In each episode, Logan goes behind the scenes with world-class entrepreneurs and investors. If you're interested in the real inside baseball of tech, entrepreneurship, and start-up investing, tune in every Friday for new episodes.


Executive Producer: Rashad Assir

Producer: Leah Clapper

Mixing and editing: Justin Hrabovsky

 

Check out Unsupervised Learning, Redpoint's AI Podcast: https://www.youtube.com/@UCUl-s_Vp-Kkk_XVyDylNwLA

 

🎙 Listen to the show

 

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-logan-bartlett-show/id1606770839

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5WqBqDb4br3LlyVrdqOYYb?si=3076e6c1b5c94d63&nd=1

Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5zaW1wbGVjYXN0LmNvbS9zb0hJZkhWbg

 

🎥 Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCugS0jD5IAdoqzjaNYzns7w?sub_confirmation=1

 

Follow on Socials

 

📸 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/theloganbartlettshow

🐦 Twitter - https://twitter.com/loganbartshow

🎬 Clips on TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@theloganbartlettshow

 

About the Show

 

Logan Bartlett is a Software Investor at Redpoint Ventures - a Silicon Valley-based VC with $6B AUM and investments in Snowflake, DraftKings, Twilio, and Netflix. In each episode, Logan goes behind the scenes with world-class entrepreneurs and investors. If you're interested in the real inside baseball of tech, entrepreneurship, and start-up investing, tune in every Friday for new episodes.

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EP 102: Armon Dadgar (HashiCorp Co-Founder) Reflects 48-Hours After Selling to IBM

EP 102: Armon Dadgar (HashiCorp Co-Founder) Reflects 48-Hours After Selling to IBM

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