Grant Goodale (Convoy co-founder & CTO) on facing complexity, thinking bigger, and innovating deliberately.
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On this episode of The Built in Seattle Podcast, I talked with  Grant Goodale, Co-Founder and CTO at Convoy (

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Episode Highlights

  • How Grant scaled himself by being humble and asking for help.
  • Why title shouldn't define your work as a founder.
  • How getting into the weeds outside his function helped hire the right executives.
  • Why "innovate deliberately" rather than innovate everywhere.
  • How to use values for decision-making and avoid "refrigerator values." 
  • The importance of "prevalence and repetition."
  • How Amazon's leadership principles influenced Convoy.
  • Learning trucking from top-down and bottom-up
  • How multiple forces converged at the right time to make Convoy possible.
  • Why "starting small" beat the emotional hurdles of complexity.
  • How they attracted A-list investors.
  • How early investors helped the founders think bigger.

Guest Bio:

Grant Goodale is the CTO and Co-Founder at Convoy. Additionally, Grant Goodale has had 7 past jobs including CEO at Massively Fun. Grant is an experienced engineering leader with a deep technical background and a passion for well-thought-out, scalable, highly reliable code. He is proven to bridge the gap between product and engineering requirements and have successfully managed large engineering teams around the globe using agile methodologies.

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