People factor Featured

8:00pm EDT June 25, 2008

Lars Dalgaard doesn’t just want to succeed — he wants to make a difference in people.

He formed SuccessFactors back in 2001 when he brought together two struggling start-up companies. Those businesses, combined with his vision, formed an on-demand software company that could help companies revolutionize the way their employees worked.

Dalgaard had just a few principles by which he runs his business: No jerks allowed, insist on customer success and strive for constant improvement. These principles have been his focus, and he also credits his success to them. Every employee who comes to SuccessFactors pledges his or her commitment to upholding these ideals, and they are active in building their own careers.

The company uses its own software to maintain its culture, and employees are in consistent contact and alignment with management. These factors combined have allowed the company to be recognized as one of the best small to midsized companies to work for in America by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Great Place to Work Institute.

In addition to his commitment to his employees, this CEO is also committed to giving back and mentoring young people. He volunteers as a big brother and mentor for Crossroads CafĂ©/Delancy Street Foundation. He also has provided paid internships to for graduating high school students who are college-bound from East Palo Alto Tennis & Tutoring. The program provides these students with work and life experience, and maybe one day, they’ll return to SuccessFactors to help Dalgaard take his business to the next level.

HOW TO REACH: SuccessFactors, (650) 645-2000 or or