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Posted Tuesday December 4, 2018


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Leadership

Confessions of a recovering micromanager



Chieh Huang is cofounder and CEO of Boxed.com, a company that's disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience.

Think about the most tired you've ever been at work. It probably wasn't when you stayed late or came home from a road trip -- chances are it was when you had someone looking over your shoulder, watching your each and every move. "If we know that micromanagement isn't really effective, why do we do it?" asks entrepreneur Chieh Huang. In a funny talk packed with wisdom and humility, Huang shares the cure for micromanagement madness -- and how to foster innovation and happiness at work.

Started in Chieh Huang's garage five years ago, Boxed now has hundreds of employees in facilities all over the United States. Since the garage, the company has sold hundreds of millions of dollars of products and has raised over a quarter billion dollars in funding to date. Forbes named Boxed one of the next "billion-dollar startups."

Prior to Boxed, Huang served as the CEO of Astro Ape, one of the first mobile social gaming studios. His personal honors include being named to Bloomberg 50 (Bloomberg Businessweek's 50 people to watch in 2018), National Retail Federation's list of "People Shaping Retail’s Future, Crain's "40 Under 40" and Goldman Sachs's list of "100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs." He is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and received his JD from Fordham University.

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