Today, I am excited to officially announce that I have joined the Scopely team as Chief People Officer. It’s an exciting time to be joining Scopely as the company experiences rapid growth and evolution, with a fast-growing portfolio of hit games and an expanding team.
The role of Chief People Officer is a crucial role for any organization. You must have an individual that will be passionate about your people and, ultimately, a partner that deeply understands your business. This person is responsible for defining people and business strategies that enable the company to achieve and surpass its goals.
HR has evolved over time–in traditional companies, HR and recruiting were viewed through an operational lens. However, more and more companies are now understanding and appreciating that culture is an important strategy, and that people are their biggest assets. It’s hard to succeed if you can’t find and retain the right talent. In addition, you must clearly decipher the productivity and communication strategies that work within the organization. How you work with 100 employees is vastly different than how you work with 500 employees.
Scopely has grown from four co-founders to over 140 people in just four years; as we continue to grow and scale, we have to constantly think about how we are integrating new employees, approaching new partners, and working and communicating effectively and efficiently.
One of the main drivers in my decision to join Scopely was the people. Everyone I met had a desire to build a world-class company where the corporate culture is the strategy. The more time I spent with the team, the more I became convinced that this was the place for me. I want to make an impact building out an innovative culture and ensure that Scopely has a solid foundation to scale and grow quickly.
Before I came to Scopely, I was the VP of Talent at Coursera, leading HR and recruiting for a high-growth startup that provides universal access to the world’s best education. I helped scale the company from 50 to 200 people, and led the creation and definition of the company culture. Prior to Coursera, I spent almost 8 years at Netflix as the VP of Talent and Talent Acquisition. In my long tenure at Netflix, I had the privilege of learning from one of the most admired CEOs, and was part of a team that helped innovate one of the most sought after cultures in the world today. Netflix’s culture has been the key to their success. Fortunately for me, I got to experience firsthand what an amazing culture can do for a business, and I’m excited to help create that for Scopely.
Companies spend time and money trying to find ways to retain their top talent. Often, they implement lots of interesting programs that end up not moving the needle. I’ve found that retention is simple: Employees want 1) to solve tough problems 2) have amazing colleagues to solve them with 3) get competitive pay 4) have a company culture that allows them to move fast and do lots of great work (basically the company gets out of the way).
One of the great things built into Scopely culture is The Scopely Tenets. Scopeleans refer to and base their decisions on the Tenets when making daily work decisions. Our challenge is to continue evolving these as the company grows.
We’re truly aspiring to build a company that can withstand the times, but when you’re building a company from scratch there’s no guidebook. It’s a rollercoaster, and the experience is not for everyone. There are constant challenges you’re not expecting; it’s both fun and terrifying. But, if you know you’re going on the ride with an amazing team, you’ll have more confidence that you’ll reach the light at the end of the tunnel–all while having the thrill of your life.
I couldn’t be more excited to be on this journey at Scopely, and will leave you with one of Scopely’s tenets that resonate with me the most: “Embrace the Adventure.”