Hi friends!

I am so happy to be (finally!) feeling well enough to write this newsletter! When I last wrote, I had no idea I was at the beginning of a 2.5-week downward health spiral. I picked up a fun cocktail of illnesses from my toddler's daycare, which is par for the course, except it was unusually difficult for my immune system to fight off and recover from everything because [...dramatic pause...]
 I'm pregnant again! 😏🥰 It's still early (~11 weeks) and I'm ecstatic to be making another little human, but wooooof –– double thumbs down to all of the throwing up and fatigue layered on top of stubborn fevers and chills.

Last time around, I felt so crappy that I took three months off from writing. It was a weird time (we were living nomadically, it was the first six months of the pandemic...) and even though I didn't get sick with anything other than pregnancy nausea, I often felt too crappy to write anything that read better than my mood. (In case that was unclear: everything I wrote was trash.) It's more difficult this time around having Illumi running around with boundless energy, but it's also easier in a way because now I have an absolute darling child to remind me of what all of this is for.

That said, I make no promises for this second round and want to set realistic expectations: I'll do my best, but don't be surprised if I go quiet from time to time!

I've been eager to write y'all though because there's another wonderful team I want to introduce you to: Ladder! As a kid, their CEO, Jamie, experienced firsthand how important life insurance is when his father passed away unexpectedly. His dad thankfully planned ahead and his family was able to have financial stability during one of the hardest periods of their lives. Today, Ladder is a Series D company with a mission to make life insurance easy, accessible, and empowering. I really hope you learn more about this company and team! 👇

Ladder (profile) 📍 Palo Alto, CA or Remote (US)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations on a case-by-case basis.
Ladder is a digital life insurance solution that makes it easy to get coverage within minutes. Given how personal this is to their founders, they never build anything for the sake of building. Their roadmap is directly informed by customer needs. They're not afraid to break production either, and having done so, they've learned how to build safeguards against future failures. My favorite thing about their profile? Statements from team members on why they've been at Ladder for so long. 😍

PicnicHealth (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Remote (US/Canada)
Provides relocation support on a case-by-case basis. Can transfer existing visas.
PicnicHealth makes medical records easy to access and leverages data to power the research behind Alzheimer’s, Crohn's, and cancer. From sales to engineering, their motto #GoodDataMatters imbues everything they do and they prioritize their users’ privacy and full consent. In exciting news, they recently announced a $60M Series C 🎉, which will help them build 30 new patient-centered real-world data cohorts. 

Karat (profile) 📍 Remote (US)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Karat uses consistent, objective scoring rubrics to help companies interview and hire engineers. They rank Work/Life Balance as their #1 because their engineers work 40-hour weeks, have flexibility in where and when they work, and are encouraged to take time off on top of 18 paid holidays. Some of their full-time engineers started as part-time (contracting) interview engineers, in case you want to dip your toes in!

Nova Credit (profile) 📍 Remote (Latin America, US, or Canada)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Nova Credit helps people with international credit history apply for credit cards, auto loans, and rental properties when they move to the U.S. Radical over-communication and collaboration are key aspects of life at Nova Credit, which is why they have a Technical Docs process. Before starting any new project, engineers write up project plans (architectural changes, rollout strategy) and share them across the eng org. 

Rune Labs (profile) 📍 Remote (US/Canada)
Provides relocation support on a case-by-case basis. Does not sponsor work authorizations.
Rune Labs helps partners in med-tech and pharma ingest, organize, and analyze large amounts of neuroscience data. Every feature that’s built has a dedicated engineering champion and they pride themselves on never writing throw away code. And just last month, they received FDA clearance to use the Apple Watch to monitor symptoms like tremors in patients with Parkinson’s disease. #bigthings

Render (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Remote (US)
Does not provide relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations on a case-by-case basis.
Render is a fully-managed cloud platform where devs can host static sites, backend APIs, databases, and any other apps in one place. They've invested a lot of time into creating a respectful hiring process, open lines of communication to leadership, and have committed to compensation parity. If you’re curious about interviewing, you’ll know who you’ll be meeting with and the session’s area of focus beforehand. 👏

Thank you all for your patience, understanding, and good energy! I appreciate y'all and for real real hope that everyone stays healthy out there. While I've somehow managed to dodge COVID for the last 2.5 years (lol, watch me jinx myself and get it next week), there are clearly plenty of other ways to get sick. 🤡

Stay well, friends!

Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)
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