Tableau CEO says the company’s biggest challenge now is talent

Finding right talent with go-getter attitude to support scale is a challenge which transcends geographies worldwide

Gigaom

Tableau Software announced a $100 million third quarter on Wednesday and seems poised to continue growing at a rapid clip — if, that is, it can attract and keep the right employees. In an interview with Gigaom on Thursday, Tableau Co-founder and CEO Christian Chabot (above) said the biggest challenges facing the company right now have to do with people rather than just technology.

Because of the company’s newfound size (it’s up to 1,700 employees) and the lucrative market in which it operates, it’s now competing for top talent against companies such as [company]Google[/company] and [company]Apple[/company]. Referencing the stories he used to read about those companies fighting over employees, Chabot said, “It just seemed like someone else’s war, and now I’m in it.”

Otherwise, Chabot was upbeat about Tableau’s prospects for growth, and dismissive of would-be competitors big and small. Despite the company’s losses over the past few quarters, he said…

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