You have to find the right people to start your company with

Pivotal enterprise software startup transforms how the world builds software

Please introduce yourself and the startup Pivotal to our readers!
Hi, I’m Stephan, Director at Pivotal in Munich. Pivotal is an enterprise software startup from Silicon Valley that is transforming how the world builds software and driving software innovation for many of the world’s most known brands. I started as a software engineer at Pivotal in Boulder, Colorado six years ago. Back in Germany, I first helped build our office in Berlin, as well as a second one in Munich.

How was Pivotal founded?
Pivotal was formed in 2013 as a spin-off of EMC Corporation and VMware to lead a global technology movement transforming how the world builds software. In 2016, a $253 million round of investment was raised, with investors including Microsoft and Ford.

Pivotal is still a startup. How do you recognize that in the daily work and what challenges does that bring along?
Agile and lean startup methods play a big role in our daily work to be more flexible and dynamic in our software development processes. In our quest for building products that serve our customers better every day, change is really the only constant. The combination of a vibrant open source community around our products and an ever growing partner ecosystem adds that much speed to this change. There is a lot going on and it is impossible for any individual to keep up with everything.

Who is your target audience?
Our target audience are companies, and the developers within the organization, that have recognized the disruptive force of software to their respective industries and strive for digital transformation.

What is the USP of Pivotal?
Pivotal helps companies move at startup speeds and with greater business agility, creating industry-defining innovation. After shaping the software development culture of Silicon Valley’s most valuable Internet companies via cutting edge toolsets and methods, Pivotal gets companies optimized for change. With millions of developers in communities around the world, Pivotal’s cloud-native technology probably touches billions of users every day.

Can you describe a typical workday of you?
My everyday focus lies on the people and the projects taking place in Germany. I am responsible for achieving results for our clients and ensuring that my team is productive, happy and healthy.

Where do you see yourself and Pivotal in five years?
Everything is moving and developing so quickly it’s hard to predict the exact role Pivotal will play in five years time. My hope is that we will continue to evolve (and maybe also disrupt) what it means to build software effectively and efficiently.

What 3 tips would you give other startup founders on the way?
I only have two tips. First of all, you have to find the right people to start your company with. When identifying these folks you need to ask yourself if the people you work with have the same goal and mission as you. Do they want to achieve the same? The second point focuses on risk. Is there certain or potential risk in doing something? If so, don’t ignore it and take care of it immediately – don’t wait until you can’t get a grip on it.

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Thank you Dr. Stephan Hagemann for the Interview

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Sabine Elsässer

Sabine Elsässer is founder and chief editor of the StartupValleyNews Magazine. She started her career at several international direct sale companys. Since 2007 she works main time as a journalist. While that time she learned more about the Startup Scene, what made her start her own Startup Magazine the StartupValleyNews.

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