Never view a task as beneath you – Interview with Larissa Rocha, Employee No.1 at BrexFeatured

jessicali's profile thumbnail
Thank you very much for sharing your story, Larissa! So inspiring to hear more about how you built Brex and continue to add value to startups in the global ecosystem. Would love to hear from the Elpha community on how you all have used these or other tactics in grappling with unstructured environments in the early startup days and/or scaling from a small to larger company!
whitneycaneel's profile thumbnail
Thanks for sharing your story, Larissa!I love the mindset of never viewing a task that's beneath you. There is always something you can learn or improve on - thus, there is always going to be some relevancy. If the task is vague, define it. If it needs a process, then implement that. No matter how small or mundane, there is anyways something that can be done.
amazzocchi's profile thumbnail
Such an interesting story! I really appreciate the pieces of advice you give at the beginning of the article, especially because they are simple but important to remember.
SashaLaundy's profile thumbnail
Not sure if we'll get a chance to follow up with Larissa, but I'm curious how she would square "don't view any task as beneath you" advice with the very real traps that come with volunteering for lower-status "office housework" as described in articles like these: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/19/business/women-careers-volunteering-work.html
jessicali's profile thumbnail
Great question; we hope Larissa can respond on the platform (have sent her an invite to join Elpha)!
qianruliu's profile thumbnail
Thanks for your host @jessicali absolutely inspiring story. Since many say startups it's better to get less famous VC as investor at the beginning, which is different from what Brex did to catch Max Levchin on board as early stage investor? May I know how you perceive this?
jessicali's profile thumbnail
Great question - I think the idea here is more about value add than brand name!
qianruliu's profile thumbnail
Right! Thankssss a lot!!
valelefante's profile thumbnail
Thanks Larissa for telling your story and @jessicali for sharing it with us on the Elpha platform!! I am so grateful that you introduced me to this online community, as I've already learned so much from all that has been shared.As the first employee of an emerging tech start-up (and actually a fellow Harvard-grad), I found this such a motivating and helpful story that inspires me to believe in my company even more and prepare for the challenging future ahead. That being said, I'd love to hear a bit more on how Larissa gained the skills necessary to juggle the multitude of diverse responsibilities she assumed as the first employee at Brex. Especially with coming straight from undergrad (not MBA program or entry-level role at an established firm/bank), where did she acquire the skills, resources, support network, etc. to be the incredible, multi-talented first employee at Brex that she was?The quote that inspired this question is this one below:"She began her focus in finance (drawing upon her degree in economics), then regulation, then recruiting for technical talent, then sales, then customer support (a team she soon scaled to 8 people), then agreement structuring, partnerships, marketing, and more."Thanks again for sharing!
jessicali's profile thumbnail
Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment, Val and great question. Was definitely inspiring to hear about the tremendous progress she made in building Brex right out of college. In general, my understanding is that a lot of the learning came from the experience itself (trial and error) as well as working closely with their team's great CFO who had prior industry experience and was able to mentor the team in the early stages as well.
valelefante's profile thumbnail
Ah, gotcha. So cool! That is a dream😍 Thanks again Jessica for sharing this story and hope all is well by you.