Contributed by Irving Fain – CEO & Co-founder of CrowdTwist
I’ve had so many proud moments over the last few years watching CrowdTwist grow from an idea that was formed around my kitchen table to what the company has become today. None, however, have been more exciting than watching our team grow.
You see, it’s a funny thing building a company. There’s an incredible amount of energy, effort and heft required in the early days and so much of it is fueled by the vision (and belief) of a small number of people. As one of the co-founders, it was my job to continually define the beacon in the distance that we were all running towards. Sometimes that beacon needed to move to the left or the right depending on what we were hearing in the market, learning from our customers or focusing on as a company. Regardless of where the seeds of change originated from, evolution was (and continues to be) a constant.
What has changed, is where that evolution comes from. The ideas and future for CrowdTwist no longer solely reside with myself, Mike and Josh (my other two co-founders). Instead, our company has become a shared vision of all the incredible people who’ve chosen to make CrowdTwist part of their lives. This is invigorating, and the group of stellar people we’ve brought together at CrowdTwist is now infinitely more powerful than any one individual. Therefore, as the power of our collective has increased, so has the power and quality of our product, platform and vision.
What you see today is no longer the result of a small group of people, but rather an amalgamation of the thoughts, ideas, passion, creativity and enthusiasm of a group of people that’s unlike any I’ve worked with in my career. Across all areas of our business, we’ve insisted on hiring the best of the best because we believe that’s what our platform requires and what our clients deserve. Whether you’re talking about 10+ years at American Express steeped in loyalty experience, years spent analyzing massive sets of data for financial firms or decades of development with some of the biggest platforms of their time, the quality of the CrowdTwist team is breathtaking and it’s manifesting itself across all our interactions with clients (new and old) as well as the way we’re thinking about the market at large and our product.
So what am I most proud of? I’m most proud to see that CrowdTwist has grown to be much bigger and much better than just a vision or a person and that this evolution is able to be passed on to those that work with us – internally at CrowdTwist, and externally for our clients & our partners. The sum of the parts is always greater than any single individual and this team is defining greatness everyday.