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Bigcommerce recruits Netflix's former talent officer Patty McCord onto its Board of Advisors

- August 26, 2014 2 MIN READ

High growth ecommerce platform, Bigcommerce is currently on a roll with its high-profile recruitment efforts, now appointing former Netflix Chief Talent Officer, Patty McCord onto its board of advisors.

Best known for pioneering talent management programmes that are now being used by employers around the world as well as her collaboration on the Netflix Culture: Freedom & Responsibility (2009) vision document which went viral, McCord will be overseeing talent and culture initiatives as Bigcommerce enters its next stage of growth.

McCord’s philosophies have garnered worldwide attention and include progressive ideas such as: eliminating formal performance reviews, using an honour system for paid time off, and letting employees choose how much of their compensation comes in the form of equity.

In her new role as an advisor, McCord will work in conjunction with company executives to build upon Bigcommerce’s culture as it chases scale. “Excited” to be involved with Bigcommerce during its period of high growth, McCord stated in a media release, “Bigcommerce has a huge market in front of it. The company’s core audience of small- and medium-sized businesses are turning to online sales as the next big revenue driver.”

Eddie Machaalani, Bigcommerce Founder and CEO, described McCord as a “superstar in the world of human resources” and that she is an “amazing asset” to the company.

“She knows what people are looking for in their careers and knows how to cultivate talent and passion,” he said.

“Our people are our culture, and our success depends upon highly engaged employees. This is something we want to fiercely defend as the company grows.”

This year alone, Bigcommerce has added 200 new hires, bringing its total to 375 employees, with high profile additions like former Twitpic CTO Steve Corona as Principal Architect and former director of Systems Engineering and Operations at Eventbrite, Scott Baker and Head of Site Reliability and Operations.