George Bousis

CEO, Raise

George Bousis is founder and CEO of Raise, an online marketplace where people can sell unwanted gift cards for cash or buy discount gift cards for virtually any brand.

Since its founding in 2013, Raise has established itself as one of Chicago’s destination tech startups, with a headcount of more than 200.

George shares 5 tips for scaling company culture during rapid growth:

1. Transparency. Everyone at every level of the organization should feel like they understand where the company is headed.

2. Share the success. As an organization grows it’s important that everybody feels connected to its trajectory.

3. Hire great leaders. Culture starts at the top, so make sure you bring in the best people.

4. Promote from within. As the company grows, be on the lookout for opportunities to give people more responsibility.

5. Events. As your headcount gets larger, it’s increasingly important to make time for people to come together in order to maintain and promote culture.

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