This article is the second in our series on company building with nPlan. For part one, read Building a Product People Want .
Blame-free. Growth-minded. Radical candor. It’s rare to see an article on how to build a productive and supportive culture without encountering at least one of these buzzwords.
But when Alan Mosca came to Entrepreneur First to build his company, he was determined that these weren’t just going to be things his business said. They were going to be things his business did.
“I didn’t know what problem I was going to solve or what product I was going to build,” he recalls.
“But I knew what kind of culture my startup was going to have.”
Today, Alan is the CTO of nPlan, a startup bringing machine learning to construction. Built with co-founder Dev Amratia, the company helps contractors working on large scale projects accurately forecast timelines, risk and budgets.
Four years in, and with over 40 team members, Alan attributes some of the team’s greatest successes in growing their business, and their impressive record on diversity, to their positive working culture.
While women make up only 19% of tech workers in the UK , and 13% of the construction workforce , they comprise over 40% of nPlan’s engineering team. Team members come from 17 different countries, speaking 19 different languages between them.
“We haven’t done anything deliberate, such as setting a hiring quota, to make our team diverse.
I truly believe, and hope, this comes from an environment where everyone is heard and supported, which some other companies sadly might not provide.”
In this interview, Alan gives a behind-the-scenes look at nPlan’s working culture, and discusses how the company’s values contribute to an environment where employees can thrive. He then shares his tips on building a genuinely positive culture for your team – and ultimately, a company that people want to work for.