"So building a culture at your startup is probably one of the most important things for your business. For us at GroupMe, it was a fundamental thing for us that we were going to build an engineering-focused culture. And that meant there being no separation between the business side and the engineers. That they were going to have as much hands-on input onto the actual product they were building as anyone at the company. And in the beginning we hired our friends, we didn't use a resume with people we've worked with before. And culture really something that you need to have perfect to make it big." -- Steve Martocci
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Steve is the cofounder of GroupMe. Previously, he was a Lead Software Engineer at Gilt Groupe. Before joining Gilt, Steve was the founder of Sympact Technologies, a startup focused on developing dynamic images for real-time email marketing. Steve also founded Bandwith.us, a friends and family ticketing platform for Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits and nationally touring acts. Steve graduated from Carnegie Melon University in 2004 with a B.S. in Information Systems. With a penchant for non-profits and community activism, Steve serves as a technical advisor to Headcount.