Airtable’s CEO discusses why the most successful cloud companies lead with purpose with Salesforce Ventures.
For the past five years Airtable has been honored to be part of the annual Forbes Cloud 100 alongside fellow innovative private sector companies. Airtable came in at #6 on this year’s list, which was produced in partnership with Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures.
The companies were selected for being standouts in growth, sales, valuation, and culture, plus a positive reputation score amongst their cloud company peers. In tandem with the publication of this list, Airtable CEO and Co-Founder Howie Liu spoke with the team at Salesforce Ventures about why the most successful cloud companies in the world lead with purpose.
“We’re really fortunate to have a mission and vision that I think is very inspiring to many of our employees,” says Liu. Since its beginning, Airtable set out to democratize software creation because when people closest to their work can create their own applications, something magical happens. “We want to take all of this value and make it possible for more creators in the world to build with software. It's quite inspiring,” says Liu.
At Airtable our core values are humility, growth mindset, bias for action, one team, and putting the customer first. Howie says these values aren’t just something for the About page on Airtable’s website, they’re intended to drive company-wide success. “I think people do care about these values and when we do things like our employee voice survey, people comment or send feedback through quantitative questions that reflect how much they care about having a culture that embeds humility into its practices,” Liu said.