What were your initial thoughts when Appcast was selected as one of the “Coolest Companies for Young Professionals?”
Proud! It is the people who work at Appcast that make it one of the ‘Coolest Companies’ in New Hampshire…not the fact that we have a ping pong table. The young professionals here (~80% are under 30), are enthused to come to work everyday because they know their voices are heard, everyone sees and feels the impact of their work, and we all are collectively motivated to reach a common goal.
Can you describe the work environment at Appcast?
As an early stage company entering its fourth year of business, we move fast and it’s exciting. Everyone is given a vast amount of responsibility regardless of their experience or tenure and we hold each other accountable – if someone makes a mistake, we want them to learn from it; when someone does something great, we celebrate. We don’t have cubicles or offices – we all sit together at communal tables and standing desks and are mixed around regardless of the business function, including our CEO. There’s a constant buzz of people working together and talking, yet we have many moments in a day where all you can hear is a pin drop because of our focus on getting things done.
No two days are the same, as we are constantly innovating, pushing the limits of the products we can create and the connections we can make in the marketplace. The morale throughout the company is encouraging and engaging…everyone wants their colleagues to succeed.
What are the top three qualities that you look for when bringing on new employees?
People who are smart, responsible, and aspirational.
Why did you choose to operate the business in New Hampshire? What are the greatest benefits you have experienced from that decision?
I love New Hampshire and have lived here with my family for many years. From starting and leading previous businesses in the state, I have highly valued the talent pool of hard working, spirited, and genuine people. The greatest benefit from starting Appcast in the Upper Valley has been the community environment surrounding the company. Rather than building our offices in high-tech cities such as Silicon Valley, our local talent has built the company from the ground up, and it’s something I’m proud of.
What do you consider to be the largest contribution to your growth?
Our collaborative work environment has been the key to our growth. Keeping a transparent organization (we don’t hide anything), giving people a lot of responsibility, and communicating openly has allowed us to scale our business model and create products that make a significant impact for our clients.
We know you love the Granite State, so tell us:
What’s your favorite “hidden gem?”
The trail system in Meriden. Great running and nordic skiing.
What’s your favorite restaurant and item on the menu?
Poor Thom’s Tavern in Meriden. It’s ALL good!
Where’s your favorite place to getaway for the weekend?
Appalachian Mountain Club’s Madison Spring Hut in the White Mountains.
Ice cream or pizza? Where do you go to get your favorite?
Ziggy’s Pizza in West Lebanon.
Which city/town in NH have you yet to visit but look forward to when time presents itself? What do you want to do once you get there?
Waterville Valley. Ski.
Do you prefer the sunrise of the sunset? And where in NH do you catch the best?
The sunrise at French’s Ledges in Meriden.
*Answers submitted by Rob Green, VP, Marketing, Appcast, Inc.