Director of People Strategy, Cambridge Incubator
We provide incubator services such as recruiting, people strategy, marketing, public relations, Web development, network operations, finance and infrastructure. It’s more than “come into a room and have a desk.” A lot of relationships are pre-established for our member companies. We now have four early-stage Net companies, and 65 people work here.
My mission is to attract and retain the best and brightest, passionate, collaborative professionals … for Cambridge Incubator and our member companies. Human resources is often looked upon as a side function. … What’s different at Cambridge Incubator is that it acknowledges people are the most valuable and differentiating resource.
I’m in charge of people functions for five startups — four companies plus Cambridge Incubator itself. It’s your standard Internet startup pace times five. There’s a joke here: “Why build an e-business when you can build 20?”
I get about 75 e-mails a day. What gets lost sometimes with e-mail are the subtleties. … We need an extra layer of human interaction and connection … as we move toward more electronic interaction. We have Wednesday wakeups with bagels and coffee and Friday soirees with food, beer, and other drinks.