We have a young team that wants to make a meaningful impact, whether it’s in fulfilling business objectives or touching the lives of the wider community. Our culture and values help keep us focussed on this mission. As we celebrate the inspirational stories that come from our community, our values help ground us and remind us that what we do can really make an impact.
How fast did Carousell expand? Did you have any issues with catering to the influx of new colleagues?
We’ve been investing in talent steadily over the past five years as we needed the right people to deliver the products and features we wanted. While our team might be fairly young, we know that experience is the key to global success.
In the last three years, we’ve hired very talented senior leadership — like Jia Jih Chai from AirBnB, Rakesh Malani from Komli Media, Andrius Baranauskas from Vinted, Winnie Khoo from PropertyGuru, and Jordan Dea-Mattson who has worked in Apple, Adobe and Yahoo.
We recognise that communicating and aligning everyone to our company mission is going to be challenging as we grow, so we make it a point to hold an organisation-wide meeting every Friday called Family Friday. We’ve held these meetings since the very start when we had less than 10 people on the team, and it’s our platform to share important business updates and give teams a chance to talk about the projects they’re working on. Our colleagues even have some time to speak about topics they’re passionate about. Family Friday is important to us because it puts everyone on the same page with where the company is headed, which is especially important since Carousell is growing so fast.
Keppel Towers has been home for a few months now, have you made any changes or new additions to the current space?
We’re very lucky to be in Keppel Towers! Carousell occupies two floors here. The 11th floor is our main workspace and is where all our desks are situated. We’ve remodelled the 12th floor into a collaborative space with an open pantry and meeting rooms.
We worked with an interior designer on the bigger parts of the remodelling (like the layout, electrical wiring and carpentry) but all the decorations and furnishings were sourced by our “New Office Design” team: Davina (Head of Design) and Felicia (Marketplace Operations). We even bought quite a fair bit of our furniture on Carousell!