Polygon taps Airbnb’s director of HR to spearhead its decentralized workforce

Ethereum layer-2 scaling solution Polygon has announced the hiring of Bhumika Srivastava in a bid to consolidate its strategy and cultural ambitions for the company’s 500-employee global workforce.

Serving as the head of human resources and director for employee experience at Airbnb for the past five years, Srivastava arrives with an illustrious portfolio and plethora of experience from her work in Web2, having occupied senior roles at Adobe, Yahoo, Tesco PLC and Snapdeal.

Srivastava’s appointment marks a consistent trend in Polygon’s hiring strategy of prominent figures within the Web2 space, such as the former head of gaming at YouTube, Ryan Wyatt, being hired as CEO of Polygon Studios in January and, more recently, Tyler Sellhorn being brought on to promote Polygon’s decentralized working model as head of remote. 

In an interview with Cointelegraph, Srivastava spoke candidly about the necessities of leadership, Polygon’s parabolic employee growth over the past year, and her ambitions to cultivate a thriving decentralized culture that operates with sustainable high-performance. 

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CT: What do you believe will be your biggest challenges in the role, and what are your biggest ambitions? 

BS: I would say in terms of the biggest challenge, […] how do we create an ecosystem where we are able to employ people, keeping in mind the legality and regulations of a particular country?

The second one is bringing together all the teams who are based across the world in a remote-first environment and create a sense of teamwork, cohesiveness, engagement and a sense of purpose.

So, these are two top-of-mind things at the moment. And then later on, how do we re-look at HR technology for a Web3 organization, especially given how distributed platforms are working?