Nimble Storage: Scaling Talent Strategy Amidst Hyper-Growth

by Homa Bahrami

Nimble Storage: Scaling Talent Strategy Amidst Hyper-Growth
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.

Learning Objectives

To teach students about the rapidly growing storage industry and a start-up that has experience and managed hyper-growth through its people strategy and initiatives.


Pub Date:

Jun 9, 2015

Discipline: Entrepreneurship

Subjects: Global corporate cultures, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Hiring & employment, Organizational culture, Corporate strategy, Value creation, Growth strategy

Product #: B5839-PDF-ENG

Industry: Transportation & warehousing

Geography: United States, California

Length: 30 page(s)

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