Founder Coffee
Sep 16, 2019

Harrison Rose - Paddle


In 2012 Harrison Rose co founded Paddle, a subscription platform for SaaS. He was 17.

Last year, Paddle hired 100 staff and was one of the fastest growing software companies in the UK.

Now at the grand old age of 25 he tells his story on the Founder Coffee podcast.

3 lessons…

  • Believe in the pain you’re solving. Start the project because you believe in what you’re doing and it will help drive you forward. It’s clear that Harrison is passionate for fixing a problem he saw in the market.
  • No matter how big you are, resources are always tight and should focus on the highest impact activities (and it doesn’t matter how big – I worked in a company of 100K people and resource was always constrained 😞).
  • In dealing with problems: Flip problems on their head and celebrate the fact you found something that needed fixing and have the opportunity to make it better. Don’t get consumed by all the fires that will need putting out.

For this thirty-fourth episode, I talked to Harrison Rose, co-founder of Paddle, a leading subscription and commerce platform that helps SaaS businesses grow faster.
Harrison started Paddle with his co-founder when they were 17, going on 18, right when they were due to join university. They dropped out before it even began.
At first they built a marketplace for businesses, much like the App Store, but when it turned out nobody wanted another marketplace, they dropped the customer facing aspect and kept the platform for payments and the like.
We talk about how he builds a solid team while hiring 100 employees in a year, why he gets up at 6am, how he keeps his high energy up, and why you need to keep learning faster than your organization.