With over 8 years of working in finance and accounting for various tech companies, David Stoyanov has been a valuable addition to the Hone executive team since he joined the company in September of last year. No stranger to the e-learning space, David spent the last three years before joining Hone working at VIPKid, a global education technology company, and hopes to leverage the skills he picked up on the job to help Hone continue to grow.
To learn more about his journey at Hone so far, we sat down with him for a short interview. Here’s what David had to share:
What was your professional journey before Hone?
I’ve had the opportunity to lead the finance function at other SaaS and EdTech companies, like Sift and VIPKid. My past experiences have made me passionate about automating traditionally manual finance operations. I see the finance function having the unique position to pull departments out of their individual silos to help keep the company aligned towards the overall mission.
Why did you join Hone?
I’m excited for our opportunity to change the future of learning and development from a “check the box” function into a truly life-changing companion for companies and professionals. Hone aspires to transcend and transform the industry by helping companies create equitable, diverse, and productive workplaces. Additionally, the technology-enabled live learning experience is proven to be the superior learning development solution positioning Hone for tremendous growth and success.
How do you think your past experience has helped you at Hone?
I’ve had the opportunity to build online learning platforms at scale which provided me with first-hand insight into the common pitfalls and scaling challenges facing most live online learning companies. I hope to use these experiences to help Hone seamlessly scale its operations and prevent making the same mistakes I’ve seen at past companies.
How is Hone different from other places you’ve worked?
We truly care about our mission and our social impact. We try to do the right thing even if it’s hard. Hone is one of the most people-centric companies that I’ve worked for because we place an enormous emphasis on our values and strive to hire, grow, and reinforce these values across the organization.
What’s your number one leadership or management tip?
Lead from behind, a leader needs to focus on enabling those that follow them to achieve success. I believe that the best leaders are attentive, thoughtful, and humble. One should build trust among people of all levels of the organization and advocate for those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to voice their concerns.