I’ve always believed that the entire job interview process is a two-way street. Not only is the company trying to decide if they want me to work for them, I’m trying to decide if I want to work for the company. This means doing research and asking a lot of questions during interviews. I thought I’d take some time to talk about what attracted me to HubStor. Before I get to that, let me give a little bit of background for context.
My name is Dave Henry. I’ve been earning a living in the IT field since January 1987. I got my start as a UNIX systems administrator at MIT’s Project Athena before the term “Systems Administrator” was coined. I’ve been around a while and I’ve done, and seen, a lot of things in the field. I consider myself an “Old School” IT guy, while loving technology innovations and being an early adopter.
I’m the Product Marketing Manager at HubStor. In this position, I’m overseeing messaging for both individual offerings and the overall company message. As a part of this, I will be creating a lot of content, and will be a regular on this blog.
There were three main things that had me decide I wanted to be part of the HubStor team – the HubStor product offerings, the company itself, and my now-teammates.
If I’m going to be talking to customers and prospects about products and services offered by a company, I need to believe in the effectiveness and quality of those products first. Looking at HubStor, it could be easy to think that it offers only a single product, the HubStor Cloud Data Platform. That’s both true and false. HubStor has a single Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), HubStor Cloud Data Platform, but that platform serves as the foundation for numerous offerings, all delivered “as-a-Service”. The full breadth of what customers can do and the ways in which customers can benefit from them impressed me – and people who know me well will tell you that I’m not easy to impress.
It wasn’t just the breadth of the offerings, though. Each solution HubStor can provide is very full-featured. They’ve already included nearly everything I would have if I were designing the solutions, and what isn’t already built-in was already on the roadmap before I arrived.
Lastly, I was impressed by the quality of the services offered by HubStor. All the solutions from HubStor do exactly what they’re supposed to do, and extremely well.
Great products aren’t enough for me. I need to have faith in the overall organization, too.
The first thing I liked is that HubStor is a small company – in employee count. I’ve enjoyed working places where I actually end up knowing everyone I work with. I’ve always enjoyed having hybrid roles that don’t exactly fit into any one prescribed category. In my experience, in small companies, everyone ends up taking on more than one role and take greater personal ownership of the results the company produces.
The second thing I liked is that HubStor is that rarest of creatures – a tech startup WITHOUT any external investors or loans. None. This leaves the company free to do what’s best for our customers, and what’s best for the long-term rather than focusing on only short-term gains. The only external influences on the direction of the company are HubStor’s customers.
The last thing I really like about HubStor is that the company just GETS IT. It’s a cloud company that can talk about cloud without any hand-waving. HubStor understands the customers’ viewpoint and creates offerings that fit the customers’ needs in ways that just plain make sense. We’ve all heard a lot of different organizations talk about using an Agile development model, but HubStor is actually DOING IT. As of today, I’ve been with the company for exactly three weeks and I’ve lost count of the number of bug fixes, improvements, and new features that have been pushed to Production during my time here.
Any organization is only as good as the people in it, so who you’ll be working with is a very important factor in any career-related decision. Everyone at HubStor has been very welcoming and friendly – even before my start date. Anyone I’ve reached out to since starting has been happy to jump in and collaborate on things. They’ve also been patient with both the sheer volume and depth of questions and every one of the enormous multitudes of follow-on questions I have.
The people here just get it. They understand cloud and all its implications. They understand data protection, archiving, compliance, and any number of related things. They can not only hear the voice of the customer; they listen to it and act upon it.
A few years ago, someone I respect told me “if you keep finding that you’re always the smartest person in the room, you’re spending far too much time in the wrong rooms,” and it’s something I’ve paid attention to ever since. Based on all my interactions so far, I’m going to be spending a good deal of time not being the smartest on in the room. There may be things I’m more knowledgeable about, but there are plenty of places where others’ knowledge definitely exceeds mine. There are plenty of opportunities for me to learn new things and develop new skills, and without either of those two things, jobs get boring fast.
Lastly, all the people at HubStor are very energetic and positive. They all believe in what HubStor is and what it can be. HubStor has had a 70% year-over-year growth rate since its start, and everyone here is ready and excited to do what they can to keep that momentum going. On rollercoasters, the downhill side of things is more fun, but at work, going uphill is far more of a thrill and a lot more fun.
All in all, there hasn’t been a moment since I decided to join HubStor that I’ve had any reason – however momentary – to question that decision. I’m excited to be a part of HubStor and to be part of bringing great solutions to our customers. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet customers and hear from them. Lastly, I’m looking forward to helping get HubStor to the next level, and the levels beyond that.
If you’d like more information about the solutions that impressed me, you can read about them here.