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Scaling the next peak

Adyen's Pieter van der Does, an avid mountaineer-turned-entrepreneur, draws lessons from climbing in running his payments company.

"There is always something going on. It's like climbing. If you're not worried anymore, that's when it becomes dangerous. In business, even if we've got a good hand of cards, we have got to play it right. We've got to make sure everybody remains hungry."

PIETER van der Does, the 48-year-old chief and co-founder of global payments company Adyen, has an offbeat way of evaluating talent for his startup. His hiring tactic seems - at least to this writer - original and creative, and frankly, quite brilliant.

Asked "what is the one thing you...

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