20Growth: Three Growth Lessons Scaling Whatsapp from 0-100M, Why You Should Hire a Head of Growth Sooner Than You Think, The Biggest Mistakes Founders Make When Hiring for Growth & Why Growth Post-Mortems Are Overrated with Ryan Wiggins, Head of Growth @ Mercury
Posted on 19th May 2023 by Harry
Ryan Wiggins is the VP of Growth and Analytics at Mercury where he oversees a Growth team and founded the Analytics function. Prior to this, Ryan built Growth teams at WhatsApp, where he helped grow WhatsApp Business from 0->100M users, Workplace, and Facebook Ads. If that was not enough, Ryan is also an active angel investor.
In Today’s Episode with Ryan Wiggins We Discuss:
1.) From US Department of Commerce to Leading Growth Teams:
How Ryan made his initial foray into the world of growth with Facebook and Whatsapp?
What does Ryan know now that he wishes he had known when he made the entry into growth?
What advice does Ryan have for people who want to change their career but are not sure what they want to do?
2. ) Who and When: Building the Team:
Should we hire a Head of Growth or a more junior growth hire first?
What are the different profiles of growth hires? How do they change with business model?
When is the right time to hire your first growth hire?
What are the single biggest mistakes founders make on the timing of growth hires?
3.) How to Hire: The Process:
Structurally, what is the right way to hire for a growth team? What does the interview process look like? What do you want to get out of each meeting?
Should case studies be used, if so, should they be used for the company hiring or of the company where the candidate is from?
What does the comp package look like for different growth hires?
Who should be brought into the growth hiring process? What stage should they be involved?
4.) Onboarding: Setting Growth Up for Success:
What is the ideal first 30,60 and 90 days for new growth hires?
What can leaders do to ensure they are set up for the maximum chance of success?
What are three of the biggest red flags bad growth hires show in the first 30 days?
What are the biggest mistakes founders make in the onboarding process of growth hires?