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Hi friends!

This is the 100th consecutive week that I've sent out this newsletter! And I'm not gonna lie... I'm pretty impressed with myself for being so consistent. 😂

I'm celebrating this major milestone from Ithaca, NY where I'm helping my parents move everything out of the house I grew up in. (They live in Hong Kong now, so it made sense for them to finally sell the place.) Being in my hometown makes me feel incredibly nostalgic and reminds me of where I came from, my roots.


Growing up, I always longed for freedom. I couldn't wait to be on my own and make my own decisions. And even now as a grown adult who has those freedoms, I still grapple with my need to feel free. In fact, my most recent existential crisis was in part due to feeling pressure to grow Key Values in ways that'd compromise the freedoms I care about most.

And that's the tricky part about freedom: it's multifaceted. When it comes to employment, most people start with financial freedom. But then it evolves. You may then yearn for the freedom to define your own schedule, set your own boundaries, and choose where and how you spend your waking hours.

Work from home, work remote, define your own role, move to a new city, or join a company whose mission is to provide more freedom to others (like The Financial Gym and Angaza). In a way, every company and every job affords you different freedoms, so be wise in evaluating what you're getting and giving up. And once you know what you're looking for, trust that you'll find it. ✊

LightStep (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Remote
Provides relocation support. Can transfer existing visas.
LightStep builds observability tools at the scale and complexity that enterprises need them. They fully support internal mobility and offer both management and individual contributor tracks for engineers. In fact, many have shaped their own hybrid roles within the company. They also have a dedicated open source team that speaks at conferences and hosts the (free) On-Call Me Maybe podcast.

GoodNotes (profile) 📍 Hong Kong
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
GoodNotes is replacing the need for physical paper by transforming your iPad into digital paper. They're a self-funded team of product-minded engineers and for those who refer to the Joel Test, they're 12 out of 12. They cover all fees regarding working visas, too! Not only that, they'll cover your one way ticket if you're moving to HK and give you an accommodation budget for your first 30 days. (Ps. HK is awesome.)

The Financial Gym (profile) 📍 New York, NY or Remote (US)
Does not provide relocation support. Does not sponsor work authorizations.
The Financial Gym is taking a fitness-inspired approach to finances. Their trainers provide 1-on-1 coaching for their clients to help them set financial goals, budget, and save money (in short: gain financial freedom!). With only 21 employees, they serve 2k clients across 48 states and they're now hiring their first in-house engineers! You can meet the entire team at The Financial Gym here.

Angaza (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Nairobi, Kenya
Provides relocation support. Can transfer existing visas.
Angaza is making solar energy affordable to the off-grid world. Even though their engineers are split between San Francisco and East Africa, they're super tight-knit. You'll often hear them talk about "embracing your inner tembo" (the Swahili word for elephant) because they all believe in being part of and supporting the herd. While they don’t care about pedigrees, they do care about eliminating global poverty. 🙌

ReadMe (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA
Provides location support. Does not sponsor work authorizations. 
ReadMe makes it easy to create beautiful, personalized, and interactive docs. Engineers own their tasks and features completely, and they have four solid examples to demonstrate what start-to-finish ownership really looks like at ReadMe. Their devs are light on meetings, work from home on Wednesdays, and are scratching their own itch by making all developer documentation a joy to use.

Carbon Five (profile) 📍 New York, Los Angeles, Chattanooga, San Francisco
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Carbon Five is a digital product development consultancy. To foster psychological safety, they're thoughtful about risk assessment and always ask what is and isn't reversible? When everyone trusts they're within those guardrails, the team can move and make decisions quickly. Furthermore, employees can take a 3-month, unpaid sabbatical each year. (No wonder their average tenure is five years! 👏)

And yes, it is incredibly fitting that today is Independence Day in the U.S! (Mostly a coincidence, I swear. 😜) Whether you're celebrating July 4th or not, here's to defending and exercising your freedom year round, and encouraging others to do the same.

✌️,
Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)
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If you want to get in touch with me:
👉 lynne@keyvalues.com
👉 @lynnetye or @keyvaluesio

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