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.
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.
Jun 9, 2015
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)
Berkeley Haas Case SeriesFollowThe Berkeley Haas Case Series is a collection of business case studies written by faculty members at the Haas School of Business. Cases are conceived, developed, written, and published throughout the year, on subjects ranging from entrepreneurship and strategy to finance and marketing. Each case includes a teaching note for use in the classroom.