With a 20-year track record of building successful tech companies both in the U.S. and Australia, entrepreneur Steven Power joined workforce management tech company Deputy as global president earlier this year. And he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work with what he calls, “a world-class team.”
“I’ve had the good fortune to be a part of several successful, fast-growth technology companies that were primarily globally operated SaaS companies,” says Power. “We listed one of them on the NASDAQ and had some great outcomes with the other ones. This career journey provides a helpful and relevant background for my new role at Deputy.”
A year following their $25M Series A round led by OpenView, Australia-born startup Deputy has made the strategic decisions of hiring Power and moving its North American headquarters in Atlanta within the city boundaries — specifically the Buckhead neighborhood — to be closer to talent, with plans of further global expansion.
“As we enter into the next phase of growth, it is imperative for us to have a fearless leader with the right mix of experience to guide Deputy forward. Steven is undoubtedly that leader,” said Ashik Ahmed, Deputy’s CEO, CTO and co-founder.
With a global presence in over 70 countries, Deputy helps mid-size businesses as well as a large enterprises manage employee schedules with real-time alerts to changes, simplified timesheets, and task assignments to track performance over time.
Here, Power shares more about the decision behind moving their Atlanta office, how his career journey led him to Deputy, and why the best team with the best product wins the race.
How did Deputy decide to move the North American HQ to metro Atlanta?
Initially, we had been operating out of Alpharetta, and after some feedback from our team and some advisors, we decided to start exploring areas closer to the central business district. Based on some work we did, Buckhead came up as a sound option. We decided it was an optimal place to relocate and have been extremely pleased with our decision so far.
What kind of initiatives will be launched at the new headquarters once you get settled? How do you hope to integrate into the local tech scene?
We are experiencing strong growth in the U.S. market, and expect to launch a variety of initiatives in Atlanta that will help us to continue and expand that growth. From growing our team with additional key hires, further localizing, enhancing our solution and piloting some exciting new ideas, we are ready to expand exponentially in the Atlanta tech scene. We hope our new HQ will become an integral part of the local tech scene by virtue of its location, our team and the way in which we are both engaging with other local tech organizations and providing thought leadership in our space.
For those unfamiliar with Deputy, what’s your pitch?
At Deputy, we make it easy to manage your team and schedule in minutes. We work with over 50,000 businesses around the world, from up-and-coming small to medium organizations, to some of the largest and most high profile global market leaders. With Deputy, you can simply create and edit schedules, then notify your employees with a click.
You can easily track employee hours for greater payroll accuracy and insight into workforce productivity. Deputy allows you to assign tasks to certain team members and be notified when they’re done. Deputy helps you have the right people in the right place, at the right time.
What skills are you putting into play as new Global President?
An important part of my role as Global President is helping to continue to build a world-class team by hiring and developing the best possible people we can find. Then it’s about having a well-thought out strategy and executing effectively, every day. A relentless focus on our clients and their success is essential. All of this is supported by a strong culture and values that come through in everything we do.
What attracted you to Deputy as a company and as a product?
First of all, I was attracted by the people. I had worked with a few of them before, and they are really good folks, so I was intrigued why they had all joined Deputy. Then I set up a trial and used the product over a period of time and was really impressed by how easy it was to use whilst delivering powerful results. Later, I met with the team in the U.S. and Australia as well as board members and investors. I felt that I would be a good fit and could add real value to what they wanted to achieve. Fortunately, they felt the same. It was all very serendipitous.
With a global customer base and team, what are some goals you have in mind for Deputy in the next year in product development and elsewhere, especially following the recent Series A funding?
We work with over 300,000 users in 70 countries, and this is expanding rapidly year-on-year. Being a product-led organization, we would like to accelerate this growth whilst further enhancing our market leadership position with some quite transformational product initiatives. This will continue to enhance our exceptional 24/7 client experience, whilst delivering even faster “time to wow!” for our new clients.
What are some leadership lessons you’ve learned so far that you apply every day to your work in leading your team?
The best team with the best product usually wins the race. Alignment, clarity and communication are essential to ensuring success in a fast-growing tech startup. No one has all of the answers, it’s okay to ask for help. Life’s short, make sure that you and your team are enjoying the ride.
Anything else you would like to share about Deputy’s future initiatives?
We love to work with great people. So if you’re interested in looking into a new role in a fast moving, great company, be sure to reach out to us. We also welcome the opportunity to explore potential partnerships with other organizations in our space. Keep an eye out for us, we have some big things coming!