secretleaders | When you think Google might sue you but instead they hire you as a 17 YO – Larry Gadea, CEO & Founder of Envoy

When you think Google might sue you but instead they hire you as a 17 YO – Larry Gadea, CEO & Founder of Envoy

When you think Google might sue you but instead they hire you as a 17 YO – Larry Gadea, CEO & Founder of Envoy

Larry Gadea built the world’s biggest Pikachu pictures website at 12 years old, was recruited by Google at 17, joined Twitter after college and then left to found Envoy in 2013.

He did all this after getting smuggled out of Romania as a young child in the late 1980s and watching his parents have to restart their lives several times. Normally childhoods filled with upheaval breed an aversion to risk – but not in Larry.
Envoy is a workplace management tool that helps with things like letting you know when visitors have arrived at your office and booking meeting rooms.

16,000 workplaces were using Envoy, so on paper, it looked like Larry had the dream career. But then Covid hit.
“So here we are with our products almost exclusively built for these workplaces that you can’t go in. At first it was a little bit crazy. It was very scary, like what do you do?”

Find out how Larry and Envoy have got past this genuine iceberg.

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