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When I joined my current company Acorns in September 2016, I came with a plan. As I do with any previous jobs, I am eager to contribute and learn. But this time, I also tasked myself of something both challenging and exciting: My goal for the first 90 days is to take the initiative to establish an growth experimentation process, promote a growth culture, and demonstrate enough results to get buy-in from the organization.

Now 90 days passed, how did I do? 


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    Hila Qu

    almost 3 years ago #

    Excited to share my "experiment" with GH community, feel free to let me know if you have any comments, questions or suggestions.

    Part 2 is coming soon as well :) (Somehow I developed a habit of writing super long post so I have to broke it into 2 parts)

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    Alex D

    almost 3 years ago #

    Good share as usual Hila!

    In your discovery phase, what would quickly put you off from working with that company? I assume an anti-growth mindset is a very obvious one, I'm more interested in the "phase" of the company.

    E.g. would you refuse the job if they said they didn't have any analytics suite in place? If they didn't have any idea of their current metrics? etc.

    Thanks for sharing!

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      Hila Qu

      almost 3 years ago #

      Hi Alex, great questions. In term of the stage of the company, ideally, the company should have a relatively clear product/market fit before scaling growth, because if the company is prior to that stage, you will have a very hard time trying to grow the product. In reality, it really depend on your skill set and your goal, if you have strong PM background, and the company has some indicator of P/M Fit, as long you and team have the right expectation on that, you can join at early stage.

      In term of infrastructure, I want to know their current status, but I wouldn't turn a company off because they don't have everything in place. Tools can be implemented, but mindset are hard to change. If the people have the right mindset and generally data-savvy, you can come in and build the infrastructure, again you and the team need to align on that.

      The really big thing that I will be cautious about is whether the team has the right understanding of growth, whether they have an analytical and experimentation mindset, and whether they are committed to give you resources and support.

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    Shamanth Rao

    almost 3 years ago #

    I love the specifics you've shared about the interview checklist and the exact questions you asked.

    (I'm not in the market for a new role, but this gives me so much direction for when I'll be looking next).

    Thank you!

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    Edward Stephens

    almost 3 years ago #

    Loving it Hila! Can't wait to read this and hope you are smashing it at your new gig!

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