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Ep139 – Mahesh Muralidhar (CEO – NZ ScaleUp) on creating a winning culture

My guest for Ep139 of The Startup Playbook Podcast was Mahesh Muralidhar.

Mahesh is one of the leading people & culture operators in the region.

In 2015, he joined Canva as employee number 25 as their Head of People Operations, helping to turn Canva into one of the best rated places to work. Her then went on to join Airtasker as their VP of People Operations.

In 2020 he joined Simply Wall St. as a contracted COO, helping to setup their leadership team as they grew from 12 to 32 team members.

He is now a mentor and investor at Startmate and is the CEO of NZ Scaleup, a not for profit that is focused on accelerating NZ and Australian startups and scaleups.

We dived into all things people and culture in this episode including:

  • How founders can attract and retain the best talent with limited resources
  • How to scale 1:1 relationships
  • The importance of creating a winning culture
  • How to provide effective feedback
  • & much more!

Show notes:

Special Thanks:

Special thanks to Al Bentley and Tristan Martin for their help with research for this interview! 🙏

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