As we kick off a New Year at Auror there are a few things we would like to work on as a team above and beyond our strategic company objectives.

We are aware that we’re constantly consuming a variety of content as we scale Auror. With the pace of change in technology content can quickly become irrelevant, especially if it focuses too heavily on the outcomes vs the journey itself, the lessons along the way and the mistakes made. Here at Auror we want to try and share more of the latter, which is why we’ve created Auror Intel. …


Populate is a software solution at the very sexy intersection of HR & Finance. Every growing company has a hiring plan, no matter their size. Small companies often visualize their headcount plan with an org chart to work towards but as they grow they start to use spreadsheets. Many will agree these spreadsheets become quite complex, getting duplicated for different stakeholders and are really hard to scale long term. New year, new spreadsheet and no insight into what you originally said you were going to do and what you actually did.

When you are growing a company you all need to be on the same page. People are most often a company’s largest expense. You need to be able to accurately track how employees are coming into your business, how they’re moving around and then how they’re leaving. All that information helps you make good decisions around what roles to hire, when to hire them and how much it should cost. …


As you know, we’re in the business of people. Helping companies manage and plan their people growth by providing an easy to use platform for People Ops, Finance & Managers to use together is our jam. Ultimately we’re all about making People Data more accessible and actionable for our users.

A common practice for software companies is dogfooding. If you didn’t click on that link, this means a company actively uses the same product that is sold to their customers.

At Populate we do exactly this and we do it with our own employee data. What makes this interesting is that this data in Populate includes personal information like date of birth and compensation. Populate also tracks every change made to a job or employee so that too would be completely open to our employees. …


Recently the excellent team at Product Hunt facilitated a Q&A with a variety of questions for a bunch of successful entrepreneurs like Lori Greiner, Dave McClure & Jason Calacanis. It’s a great read and I absolutely recommend you check it out.

There were some insanely good points in this post, many of which made me stop and think about what my own answers to these questions would be, especially as it’s a year since we kicked off the research process associated with Populate, an idea I’d been sitting on for a while and a new player in the workforce planning and intelligence space. …


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A great company is made of amazing employees.

But you may find that they’re not knocking down your door to be a part of your company. Maybe you aren’t seeing the level of recruits that you had hoped for, or maybe you’re losing top employees you worked hard to acquire.

Nobody likes losing good employees. And nobody likes hearing that a perfect candidate chose another place to hang their coat. But how do you ensure that the perfect candidate chooses your company? And once you have that person, how do you keep them? …


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You may have noticed that we’ve been a little quiet on here lately, as you can imagine we’ve been a tad busy getting everything ready to release Populate into the wild. It’s been fun watching our beautiful InVision designs and prototypes finally take shape in the form of a working product and we’re excited to have our first customers ready to go this week.
We also did a small capital raise thanks to the Punakaiki Fund and grew our team to five! …


Over the last few years working in a high growth tech startup has become pretty popular and these days it’s normal to see startups headcount growing 100% year on year. Some have gone down the sustainable, profitable route — growing only when they can afford it. Others are scaling fast to meet their potential using capital raised.

We have been in San Francisco for the last two weeks and naturally headcount growth is the topic of many of our discussions with startups. Some say they’re proceeding with caution but many are brushing the economic instability right off.

The big question I have for Founders & CEO’s is…. Are you willing to risk the culture of your company for your rate of headcount growth during uncertain times? …


Hi! My name is Kirsti Grant, I’m the CEO of Populate and formerly the VP Talent at Vend, a high growth startup that within my two years there grew from 37 people to 250. Lance Hodges, my fiancé and our Specialist Generalist was formerly VP Product at Vend and employee #12. There were a million highs and a few lows at Vend, it was the typical startup rollercoaster that is often talked about and ultimately it was the best learning experience anyone could ask for.

In August 2015 we finished up at Vend and when thinking about what we wanted to do next we really wanted to spend some time using our lessons learned to help companies scale. We also wanted to have a crack at building our own product. So, with the combination of an idea I’d had floating around for the previous 10 months and those recent experiences at Vend we made the decision to build a product to help build better companies. …


You know those ideas where you wish you thought of it? Weirdly is totally that for me. It has all my favourite things. People — Recruitment — Culture — Technology — Personality. All packaged into one beautiful platform with a vision is to have every one of us, in all our weirdness, find the job of our dreams within a company that is aligned to who we are, what we like and what motivates us.

When Dale Clareburt, Co-Founder, friend and total boss of recruitment first told me about Weirdly, before it was even called Weirdly, I was pretty excited for what could be possible and for the huge opportunity that existed. …

About

Kirsti Grant

Director of People Experience Auror. People & Culture Advisor for startups. Enthusiast of #PeopleTech, Pilates, Pinot Noir, Prosecco & Puppers.

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