Berkeley Haas Case Series

Case Information

Nimble Storage: Scaling Talent Strategy Amidst Hyper-Growth
Bahrami, Homa
Publication date: 6/10/2015, pages 1-30

The Nimble Storage case study tells the story of a rapidly growing storage startup in Silicon Valley. The key protagonists are CEO Suresh Vasudevan, along with the Vice President of Human Resources, Paul Whitney. The case study describes the history of the company, the context in which Whitney was hired, and key people initiatives since Whitney’s arrival. With lofty ambitions, such as transforming the world of storage through its hybrid storage system, and with the stated goal of becoming a billion dollar company in three years, Vasudevan, Whitney, and the senior team believed that Nimble’s people strategy would be critical in helping achieve its ambitious goals and thus focused on short- and long-term people initiatives in order to scale. The case study ends with the launch of the company’s new leadership program, LEAD and raises questions about Nimble’s future growth and international expansion, specifically how its growth plans might affect people initiatives going forward.

Educators may request a complimentary preview before purchasing. To find out more, please read about our publishing partnerships.

To request permission, please submit a Copyright Permission Request Form.