Michelle Zatlyn is a co-founder and the Chief Operating Officer of CloudFlare, a web performance and security company that helps make the Internet fast, safe, and reliable for users around the world. She has been recognized locally and globally for her entrepreneurial efforts and success, including Fortune Magazine’s Most Influential Young People in Business and Elle Magazine’s Women Who Rule Silicon Valley.
Michelle joins me today to share how her startup company, CloudFlare, began and the challenges they help people overcome. She shares how she navigated its growth trajectory and the missteps and mistakes that allowed her to grow as a leader. She also shares what caused her to change her tune when asked to share about her story of being a woman in Silicon Valley.
“Holding your line and treating everybody else on the team fairly and consistently is really important.” – Michelle Zatlyn
Today on the Fierce Feminine Leadership Podcast:
- The mission of CloudFlare
- Who the CloudFlare customers are
- The power of having a diverse founding team
- Where Michelle attributes the rapid growth and scale in her company
- How she manages the growth from a strategic business standpoint and a leadership standpoint
- Lessons she has learned while growing the company
- The importance of tracking and evaluating KPI’s while growing and scaling your business
- Key metrics they evaluated before they had the revenue they desired
- How she is different today as a leader than the Michelle who launched the company
- What made her shift her perspective and made her hesitate to speak up as a founder and a mom
Michelle’s Advice for Fierce Feminine Leaders:
- Connect with your team. Make an effort to know your people in and what they’re working on.
- Don’t get tired of reiterating things to your team because people interpret information in different ways.
- If you plan to grow your team, make time to write things down for your company.
Connect with Michelle Zatlyn:
Fierce Leadership Quotes:
- “You can’t make an exception for one person on your team.”
- “At the end of the day, momentum is what keeps you going.”
- “A lot of growth comes back to, ‘Are you solving a real problem?’”
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