Sarah Tavel's Guide to Acquiring Companies at Pinterest

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TLDR Talent acquisitions can help bring in the necessary skills and strengths to a company, but it is crucial to find individuals who are aligned with the company's mission and are fully committed to its success.

Key insights

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    The process of acquisitions at Pinterest involved identifying the acquisitions and integrating their cultures into the company.
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    Founders are a unique type of person with a different DNA, which is why they play a crucial role in the success of a startup or a company going through hyper-growth.
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    Founders are risk-loving and action-oriented, focused on what the company needs rather than their specific job.
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    Acquiring a company with a specific expertise, such as computer vision technology, can have a significant impact on the acquiring company's growth and capabilities.
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    "You'd be lucky to have a team of founders."
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    "They don't ask what their job is. They ask what the company needs."
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    "The most impactful people are those who are fully committed to the company's mission and make it their identity."
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    Ownership and identity can become intertwined for founders, leading them to prioritize the success of the company above all else, even sacrificing personal time and weekends for its growth.

Q&A

  • How can talent acquisitions benefit a company?

    — Talent acquisitions can bring in the necessary skills and strengths to a company, helping it grow and succeed.

  • Why is it important for individuals to be aligned with a company's mission?

    — When individuals are aligned with a company's mission, they are more likely to be fully committed to its success and work towards its goals.

  • What is the key idea of the video?

    — The key idea of the video is that finding individuals who are aligned with a company's mission and fully committed to its success is crucial.

  • How can talent acquisitions help a company succeed?

    — Talent acquisitions can help a company succeed by bringing in individuals with the necessary skills and strengths to contribute to its growth and success.

  • Why is commitment to a company's success important?

    — Commitment to a company's success is important because it ensures that individuals are dedicated to achieving the company's goals and working towards its overall success.

Timestamped Summary

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    00:00
    Pinterest made early acquisitions primarily for talent, focusing on understanding the skills and abilities of the acquired companies.
  • 👩‍💼
    00:32
    Founders are a unique type of person, and in companies like Pinterest, constant recruiting is necessary during periods of hyper growth.
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    01:01
    The type of person who joins a company at a more secure stage is different from a founder, as they seek certainty and structure, while founders are risk-loving and action-oriented.
  • 💡
    01:39
    Injecting the right DNA into a company is crucial, and talent acquisitions can help bring in the necessary skills and strengths, as demonstrated by the successful acquisition of a visual search company by Pinterest.
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    02:33
    Integrating founders into an existing culture can be either really good or really bad, but having a team of founders is generally considered lucky.
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    03:09
    Employees who are dedicated and committed to their company's success will go above and beyond their job requirements, while those who are less engaged may not put in the same level of effort.
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    03:24
    The key to successfully acquiring companies is finding individuals who are aligned with your company's mission and are willing to fully commit to it, rather than those who are solely motivated by personal gain.
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    04:04
    Founders get frustrated when they see people who are not as committed and dedicated to the company's success, and they feel that the management team should recognize and reward those who are truly all-in.
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