Ruben Timmerman the founder of Springest, an independent comparison website for training programmes and courses. Ruben started the company in the Netherlands in 2008, it now has expanded to the UK, Germany, Flanders and Russia.
Springest was the first company in the Netherlands that introduced the Holacracy principle, designed by the Brian Robertson in the US. Ruben was looking for a working organisational model for his fast growing company without having to implement a hierarchy that would slow it down again. He found the answer in Holacracy. Organisations working with Holacracy don’t have managers, only a set of rules to work with. It focuses on the tasks itself and employees have responsibilities rather than functions. How they execute their tasks is up to them, and employees work completely independent.
Holacracy received a lot of attention when Zappos, an online shoe store, introduced it for her 1500 employees.
Earlier, Ruben was an online marketing and usability expert. He speaks about entrepreneurship, dynamic organisations, startups, Holacracy, GTD (Getting Things Done) and working data driven. He also has a lot of experience with AB testing / UX improvement and bringing complex sales processes online.