While working with distributed teams for years, we’ve observed that teams become less connected on a personal level and are becoming less and less productive.
Between email, Slack, Twitter (and countless other tools) there is a rise of incoming messages to an individual.
When working remotely it becomes hard to find chunks of time to get real work done and create boundaries of when you’re working and not. This always-work culture creates the illusion of being busy, while losing sight of the fact that deep, focused work has always been the driver of success.
In the flow
Those mornings with a fresh cup of coffee before your kids wake up, calmly writing your best code. Those distraction-free hours when you switch off your phone, look out the window, and spend 5 minutes thinking of the perfect adjective. Focus leads to quality. We want to empower people to focus on the work and ignore the noise.
The internet is a pretty cool thing. It’s opened up a world where a Polish engineer can talk to a Thai designer about our app that is used by thousands of Germans. It makes no sense to have an office when there is incredible talent globally. We believe in flexible work – whatever it takes to do your best work. Flexibility means location, and hours are individual.
It’s easy to forget that there are real humans behind the text. Our users are more than Google Analytics data, and our team mood is more than an emoji. We default to video over text (for those frivolous conversations), and don’t check our email when we’re on a call.
We aim to be present in all our work, and remember why we’re doing it.
Not to get philosophical, but life is an eternal struggle to stay in balance. We want to ship quality code, but we want to get it out fast. We want to spend that month on the beach in Mexico, but realize that we might feel better about it if we wake up at 6am and answer support emails while there. We want to ride our bikes for hours, but should probably get back to make lunch for our kids. We will forever respect the process of finding the right balance – for our users, our team, and ourselves.
We respect our customers. We don’t forget that real people are using our stuff. We respect our users’ privacy. We respect their time. We respect their concerns. We don’t overpromise and underdeliver. We’ll always be open with what’s happening, and when we mess up.
We respect our work. We’re not in this to make a quick buck – we want to build a company we’re proud of.
We respect our team. We want to work with people we like spending time with, and help them build their best lives. The work should unlock the freedom to do what makes us most happy.
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