Benjamin Grohé

Ben Grohe is the Head of Product at TheLadders, where he leads development, execution, and product launches to delight the company’s more than 6 million job seekers and 67,000 recruiters and employers, alike. After spearheading employer products for the last two years, he recently began managing the TheLadders’ mobile-product offerings. He joined the company in 2010. When he is not coming up with innovative ideas to delight our customers, he is celebrating his European heritage by cruising the streets of New York City on his Vespa or playing football (the REAL football).
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Recent Posts

Introducing TheLadders app!

Posted by Benjamin Grohé

June 19, 2013

TheLadders' team is proud to introduce their first native iOS app for job seekers!

Topics: TheLadders Dev

Can you be agile when you “ship software”?

Posted by Benjamin Grohé

June 17, 2013

Our head of product, Ben Grohe, shares how we found a way to use multivariate testing during the app development process.

Soon after we started developing our first mobile app, we realized that we are now building “shipping software,” rather than a website or web services. There are fundamental differences between the two, which proved to be a big challenge for our team—particularly, given our desire to continue using best practices of agile and lean development.

Product development at TheLadders

Before I continue, allow me to quickly give you some background on how we develop products at TheLadders. We live and breathe agile and lean development day in and day out. If you haven’t read it already, my colleague Michelle wrote a great article about how we work in cross-functional teams in our company. If I had to sum it up, our mantras are:

  • Communication and working software over documentation
  • Actual data and user feedback over assumptions
  • Product iterations over extensive planning

Topics: TheLadders Dev

Drawing inspiration from unlikely places

Posted by Benjamin Grohé

April 11, 2013

TheLadders mobile app team gets inspired from an unlikely source -- Ben Grohe explains.

In my last post, I wrote about why it’s important to challenge your existing assumptions when you build products for mobile devices. As I explained in that article, it is not enough to merely copy (web) functionality and make it look nice on a smaller screen; you have to first re-think what functionality is necessary for a mobile platform. Today, I want to talk about finding inspiration in new places.

When we started our competitive research early in 2013, we investigated every major job-search app within Apple’s app store. We wanted to see how they dealt with the unique challenges of mobile devices and, more importantly, solved the problems of their mobile customers. To be frank, we were disappointed. Most apps just replicated their trusted web experience: login, search for jobs, save or email jobs, and sometimes (if you already had a resume on file), you were allowed to apply using your phone.

Not only do these well-known job-search processes require significant time, they are tasks better managed on a desktop or laptop where you have lots of screen space –which is something you don’t have on your phone.

Topics: TheLadders Dev

The mobile job search has no winner...yet

Posted by Benjamin Grohé

February 28, 2013

The era of the PC is over. Apple has been saying this for a while and they are right. Sales of tablet computers and smartphones combined have overtaken PC sales. The once #1 PC manufacturer in the country, Dell, just announced that they are going private in order to take radical measures necessary to survive the post-PC era without the harsh glare of shareholders. Even Intel has started killing off its own PC business.

Of course, the change in devices owned and used by consumers has a profound impact on millions of other businesses. Big news outlets report that traffic from mobile devices now reaches and exceeds 50% of their overall traffic at certain hours of the day. Facebook is now a mobile company. Latest reports show that 25% of Americans now use their smartphone, not computers, for the majority of their web surfing.

Topics: TheLadders Dev