How do some startups actually live up to and exemplify core values in the real world? To answer that question, read the second post in a series that explores how Anaplan employees are thinking about and living Anaplan’s core values: disruption, speed, integrity, and accountability.
If you ask any employee across any company, “What do our core values mean to you?” all their answers will be different. At Anaplan, we live and breathe our core values: speed, integrity, accountability, and disruption–and it is apparent in everything we do. Read below to find out what core values mean to Courtney Machi.
Name: Courtney Machi
Job title: Product Manager, Anaplan
Location: San Francisco, CA
Tenure: 1.5 years
About: Enjoys running for fun, yoga, hiking, scuba diving, cooking my Italian family recipes and trying new ones. Black belt in taekwondo!
Q: Tell me a little about your background and how you came to Anaplan.
Courtney Machi: I’ve been working in tech for over 10 years now, focusing mainly on analytics. My first tech job was in college, where I worked on the “grid” before we all moved to the “cloud.” I’ve worked in global companies with tens of thousands of employees as well as startups with as little as seven employees. As long as there is an interesting challenge, I’m game. I was at DreamForce a few years ago doing “research” for a small startup. I was drawn to the Anaplan booth after I noticed language about an in-memory calculation engine. One of the Anaplan employees started asking me questions, which led to a conversation, which led to an interview, and the rest is history!
Q: Can you give me an example of how you think Anaplan is disrupting the marketplace?
Courtney: The Anaplan App Hub is disrupting the business planning world! In less than one year, we have over 100 apps that solve multiple planning use cases, including: planning, budgeting, and forecasting to workforce planning, marketing resource planning, to inventory planning and more. We have added educational apps that are integrated with our learning courses and fun apps. Yes, we even have games—you can play Battleship in Anaplan! That goes to show just how flexible and versatile Anaplan is.
Q: How have you encountered “accountability” in your time at Anaplan?
Courtney: Shortly after I joined Anaplan, I became Product Manager for the Anaplan App Hub. When we were first developing it, we were still a small company. Because of our size, I got to do a little bit of everything, even outside of my normal job responsibilities. I helped to produce content for the apps, create the marketing videos, training for the customers and employees, sales enablement for the field, QA on the App Hub, and the apps. It felt good to step up and eventually launch something so important to the company, especially since I was relatively new and was given that level of trust.
Q: How do you keep up the “speed” of the challenging environment at Anaplan?
Courtney: Anaplan is by far the most rapidly changing environment I’ve ever worked in. We have grown like crazy since I joined. One of the best things about Anaplan is that we stay customer focused. Even though I work in R&D, I’m speaking with customers almost every day to ensure we are developing products that make their experience using Anaplan better and better. This makes us all feel like we are running with purpose!
It can be challenging at times, especially as the company evolves and priorities change, but in the end it brings the team closer together. And it makes it all the more important to laugh and have fun as much as possible, which we certainly do!
To learn more about opportunities at Anaplan, be sure to check us out at www.anaplan.com/careers