DiscoverThe Logan Bartlett ShowEP 108: Olivier Pomel (CEO, Datadog) Shares Every Lesson From Scaling to $40B
EP 108: Olivier Pomel (CEO, Datadog) Shares Every Lesson From Scaling to $40B

EP 108: Olivier Pomel (CEO, Datadog) Shares Every Lesson From Scaling to $40B

Update: 2024-06-14
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Olivier Pomel built Datadog into a $40B company while burning only $25M in capital. In our conversation, he shares the fundraising lessons, operating principles, and core insights that made this possible. He also discusses the pros and cons of building a tech company in NYC, how early-career professionals should approach learning AI tools, how Datadog is building a trusted relationship with their users around AI features, and much more

(00:00 ) Intro

(01:30 ) Datadog's Early Challenges and Lessons

(04:32 ) The Core Insight Behind Datadog

(05:20 ) Building the Right Product

(07:46 ) Transitioning to Open Beta

(09:38 ) Expanding Datadog's Product Line

(11:26 ) Platform Vision and Modular Products

(18:12 ) Empowering Product Teams

(22:14 ) Acquisitions and Integration Strategy

(33:18 ) Customer-Centric Approach

(36:39 ) Bottom-Up Sales Strategy

(46:04 ) Navigating Founder Challenges

(46:37 ) Building a Collaborative Management Team

(48:32 ) Staying Close to Customers

(51:36 ) Maintaining a Culture of Discipline and Efficiency

(56:26 ) Pricing Strategy and Market Positioning

(01:01:24 ) Fostering a Low-Ego, High-Performance Culture

(01:06:32 ) Hiring and Promoting for Long-Term Success

(01:12:21 ) Fundraising and Investor Relations

(01:16:03 ) Deciding Whether to Sell or Scale

(01:18:26 ) The Impact of AI on Software Development

(01:23:24 ) Choosing New York Over Silicon Valley

(01:28:04 ) Final Thoughts and Reflections


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EP 108: Olivier Pomel (CEO, Datadog) Shares Every Lesson From Scaling to $40B

EP 108: Olivier Pomel (CEO, Datadog) Shares Every Lesson From Scaling to $40B

Olivier Pomel, Logan Bartlett