The Origin Story of Zapier with Wade Foster

CEO of Zapier – Wade Foster

Wade Foster is the CEO and co-founder of Zapier, a workflow automation tool used by over three million people to connect the work apps they use every day.

Prior to Zapier, Wade worked as a customer development lead for The Idea Works, Inc. in Missouri. He is an alumnus of Y Combinator and has degrees in industrial engineering and business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“Zapier makes you happier.” – Wade Foster

Episode Highlights:

  • The origin of Zapier (Called Zaps with API in the name!)
  • How to know if your product is good enough in the market
  • Why talking to customers as the owner is critical
  • Tips and how to’s for hiring
  • Why hire people that have a roll up your sleeve mentality
  • Find the systems that works for you and match your mental model. (It’s not a one size fits all.)
  • Tips for people that are more visionary than detail-oriented
  • Specific Actionable Zaps that save you time + energy

Connect with Wade:



Wade’s Recommended Resources:

Manager Tools
High Output Management by Andrew Grove
Don?t Make Me Think by Steve Krug
Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug

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Video Transcription provided by GMR Transcription Services.

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