“What could be more inspiring than a company that helps millions of people advance themselves,” Peter Harrison once said. And Peter’s passion for Snagajob’s mission and his plans for the future of America’s largest hourly employment network are nothing short of contagious. But let’s back up.
Peter Harrison is a seasoned software executive with more than 25 years of experience leading and growing tech companies. Before joining Snagajob, he served as CEO of GlobalLogic from 2002 to 2012, building it from 20 employees to more than 6,000. Prior to this, Peter was senior vice president of field operations at Versata, a leader in business automation software. While at Versata, he grew revenues from $1 million to $56 million in just four years culminating in an IPO in 2000 that, at the time, ranked in the top 25 best openings of all time. Prior to Versata, he was a co-founder of Seer Technologies, where as vice president of sales, he helped grow revenues to $120 million in five years, which resulted in the company completing an IPO in 1995.
1. How do you define success?
With care! I find I rarely make goals I don’t set carefully. The best goals always involve the triple bottom line of “profit,” “people,” and “planet,” but don’t forget “self” and “family” count as “people.”
2. What is the key to success?
3. Did you always know you would be successful?
Yes, because I set the bar low at first and kept raising it.
4. When faced with adversity, what pushes you to keep moving forward?
If success is elusive, I focus on turning “time” into my “friend” and doing my best to enjoy the journey.
5. What is the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
Be transparent. It’s much easier to keep your story straight.
6. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Skiing, paragliding, and kite-boarding.
7. What makes a great leader?
Passion, curiosity, and compassion.
8. What advice would you give to college students about entering the workforce?
Make Snagajob your first stop!
This interview is an excerpt from Success: 30 Interviews with Entrepreneurs & Executives by Jason Navallo.