Hi friends!

Wherever you are, I hope you go outside and breathe in some good clean air. Why? Because Seattle has the worst air quality of any major city on earth for the second day in a row 😩, so I've been staying indoors and next to our air filter. And since we lent our other one to Illumi's daycare, I'm basically Rapunzel staying put in this one room of ours, trapped. 

But it's not all bad news this week... 😏 I have been eagerly waiting for this day so I can introduce you to Key Values' newest company: Cocoon! We have loved working with this team and for many reasons. Above all, it's extremely refreshing to connect with a company and product on such a personal level. I don't think I've shared this yet, but my Head of Content, childhood bestie, and only employee, Brianna, is also pregnant! (I swear we didn't time this. 🙈) She's due six weeks before me in December, and Cocoon's mission resonates with both of us in a big way.

Whether you need to take leave for medical reasons, bereavement, or to focus on caring for a new baby, the United States is woefully behind in making that easy to do. The burden falls on the shoulders of individual employers and their employees, and requires so many hoops to jump through that even those who fill out all of the proper paperwork often miss deadlines or updates in federal or state laws. (I get a frustration headache just thinking about it.) This is where Cocoon steps in. They help companies better support their employees during critical times in their lives by simplifying the (unnecessarily messy) process. 🙌 Brianna and I talk about parental leave a lot these days (for our partners, friends, and ourselves), and Cocoon really strikes a chord with both of us. ❤️ We stan! 

In terms of working at Cocoon, you better believe they care about supporting their own team members! They lead by example and have introduced compassionate leave, which is a comprehensive paid leave policy that accounts for less typical reasons employees may need time off. I have had too many friends take vacation days instead of arranging paid leave after a pregnancy loss or for mental health reasons because they didn't want to disclose that sensitive information to HR. Cocoon's policy trusts all part- and full-time team members, regardless of tenure, to take time for their personal matters without sharing the reason. 👏 If this doesn't get you on your feet and clapping, I don't know what will.

Okay okay, let me tell you more about Cocoon and other wonderful employers below!

Cocoon (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Remote (US)
Provides relocation support. Does not sponsor work authorizations.
Cocoon is an employee leave platform that simplifies all types of paid leave and ensures a seamless process from compliance to payroll and claims. They do a phenomenal job of introducing many of your future coworkers in their profile, and as a Series A company, their team is still at the sweet spot where you'll know everyone. Software engineers play a huge role in defining the product roadmap and own projects end-to-end, much like Belinda did with caregiver leave

Doppler (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Remote (US)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Doppler securely manages all your environment variables in one place. Wish you could set up your development, staging, and production environments in minutes with integrations for every cloud provider? Wish granted. ✨ As a team, they highly value EQ and dedicate nearly 85% of their interview to culture. (Your first two phone screens involve zero coding and focus purely on interpersonal problem solving.)

Qualia (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Austin, or Remote (US)
Does not provide relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Qualia is a digital real estate closing platform that has reached unicorn status. The people who thrive at Qualia are ones who dig into customer pain points to come up with creative solutions. In fact, several releases started as hackathon ideas. Their remote online notarization tool is now available in 25 states and they’re not slowing down. For any interested senior infrastructure engineers out there... holla!

Stytch (profile) 📍 San Francisco, New York City, or Remote (US)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations on a case-by-case basis.
Stytch is building a developer platform for passwordless authentication. Since CAPTCHA systems are often vulnerable to fraud, they recently launched a new product that tackles bot fraud at its root: on the backend site architecture. As a small, but quickly growing team, they’re proud to have several female eng managers and welcome folks with non-traditional backgrounds. (I'm proud, too, tbh. 😉) 

Indeed (profile) 📍 Remote (US)
Provides relocation support on a case-by-case basis. Does not sponsor work authorizations.
Indeed is one of the world’s largest job sites, the one you've all surely heard of! They’re huge on flexibility (think WFH, office, or hybrid) and love taking risks. They have Indeed Incubator, which is an internal program that gives Indeedians an opportunity to pitch ideas and get funded like a VC investment. They provide guardrails, not speed bumps, which gives them the freedom to truly test ideas. 

PicnicHealth (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Remote (US/Canada)
Provides relocation support on a case-by-case basis. Can transfer existing visas.
PicnicHealth provides an all-in-one, searchable dashboard for medical records. They put patients and their privacy at the heart of everything they do and use de-identified data (with consent, ofc) to power important medical research. After raising a $60M Series C earlier this summer, they’re doing just that! They announced a partnership with HelpCureHD to support the Huntington’s Disease community just this week. 🤝

But for real, we only have 72 days left in 2022, so please pleeeaase –– I beg you –– do not wait to do that thing you want to do: find a new job, reinvent yourself, try something new... whatever! You can start reading more, experiment with your diet, practice setting firmer boundaries, clean your closet, get into baking, and/or attempt to do those handstands now! Nothing will feel better on New Year's Day than already having momentum on whatever goal you've set for yourself.

For me, I'm gonna get back into meal prepping, be super diligent with my pelvic floor exercises (c'mon, me!), and finish three more home projects! SAYING THIS SO THAT SOMEONE MIGHT HOLD ME TO IT. 

Until next week, feel free to do a rain dance for us in the PNW so that we can be done with fire season and I can finally leave my... cocoon. 

Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)
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