19: I Gave Up the Title of CEO to an Intern

Serge Toarca is the founder and former CEO of ParseHub. Why former? Because he is willing to go to extreme lengths to build the right team, including giving up his title. It sounds like a tough decision to make, but Serge isn’t afraid to make tough decisions, he makes logical decisions, and that’s what makes his story so compelling.

Engineering A Startup #19: I Gave Up the Title of CEO to an Intern

Serge Toarca is the founder and former CEO of ParseHub. Why former? Because he is willing to go to extreme lengths to build the right team, including giving up his title. It sounds like a tough decision to make, but Serge isn’t afraid to make tough decisions, he makes logical decisions, and that’s what makes his story so compelling.
Engineering A Startup #19: I Gave Up the Title of CEO to an Intern

Serge originally started out building a company based on a software tool called Debugex. A random company agreed to pay him $4000 for a license, which made Serge think he was on to something, but 4-5 months later he realised they were probably the only customer in the world. Time for a pivot.

Enter ParseHub: a tool for web scraping that essentially turns websites into spreadsheets. Serge has a lot of interesting insights on how to build and run a company, including the danger of bringing on investors, an operational model he calls a benevolent dictatorship, and the belief that anyone can build a business more profitable than getting a job.

You can learn more about Serge and ParseHub here.

Serge originally started out building a company based on a software tool called Debugex. A random company agreed to pay him $4000 for a license, which made Serge think he was on to something, but 4-5 months later he realised they were probably the only customer in the world. Time for a pivot.

Enter ParseHub: a tool for web scraping that essentially turns websites into spreadsheets. Serge has a lot of interesting insights on how to build and run a company, including the danger of bringing on investors, an operational model he calls a benevolent dictatorship, and the belief that anyone can build a business more profitable than getting a job.

You can learn more about Serge and ParseHub here.

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