The Orbit Shift Podcast

S02E37: Peter Johnston, Founder of Polywork on building the world's most powerful people search engine

September 14, 2021 Freshworks Inc. Season 2 Episode 37
The Orbit Shift Podcast
S02E37: Peter Johnston, Founder of Polywork on building the world's most powerful people search engine
Show Notes

A founder is often someone who recognizes a gap in the market and looks to address this gap. Our latest guest is one such founder who has spotted a gap in professional social media networks and is looking to provide a solution to it. 

As the founder of Polywork, Peter Johnston is looking to change the way professional social media networks operate. In this episode of The Orbit Shift Podcast, he talks to us about the problem with professional social media channels, how the idea of Polywork came about from his Google 20% project. His future plans for monetization of the platform, the importance of design for product and growth, his approach to hiring and dealing with hiring missteps, and his advice on fundraising.  

 
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About the Guest

Peter Johnston is the Founder of Polywork, a professional social network that is backed by a16z, Anthony Pompliano, and Alexis Ohanian amongst others. A designer by trade Peter has previously founded Kalo a freelancer management platform, before which he worked as a designer for Google. 

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