Hi friends!

If you think about it, we are all business owners. Even as an employee at a company, you are still responsible for the business of you:
  • product/service development = learning, getting work experience, and improving your skill set(s)
  • marketing and distribution = updating your resume, curating your online presence, and looking for jobs
  • sales = applying and interviewing for jobs at different companies
  • pricing = negotiating salary, equity compensation, and terms of employment
  • hiring and managing = in many jobs, you literally have to do and get good at both of these!
Just because these things go by different names doesn't mean you're not doing the exact same things that business owners do.

Some people say we're all investors to some degree, too. But I don't buy it. 🤭 As an employee, you're choosing just one company to invest in, and instead of money, you're investing time. And because you can't diversify your investments as an employee, it's more important to vet companies based on how happy you'll be working there throughout that time than how likely the company is to become a big pay out.

Given that you only get to be employed by one company at any given time, you should take choosing which company to join very, very, very seriously. Your time is precious, so invest it wisely.

Cue Mode, Key Values' newest family member! 😍 Not only are they well positioned in a really exciting market (data analytics), but they're also an especially thoughtful, diverse, and kind team of humans. Do yourself a favor and check 'em out:

Mode (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA and Remote (US)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Mode is a data analytics platform for businesses. These days, everyone has more data than they know what to do with, which means there is ever-increasing market demand. Some context: I believe eight of their competitors were acquired in 2019. 😮 Given the competitive landscape and their recent Series C funding, it's an exciting time to be working on a product like Mode.

Then you take a look on the inside and find that Mode is an extremely diverse and inclusive group of people. They're big on:

  1. promoting from within (four out of their seven engineering managers were promoted internally),
  2. transparency (they use a performance framework so there are no secrets with titles, levels, or compensation), and
  3. shipping (their deployment pipeline moves quickly to keep up with their fast-paced market).

Aula Education (profile) 📍 Remote (Global)
No need for relocation support – they're globally distributed!
Aula is a social learning platform to help universities and colleges better engage students. They're ~50 employees and have engineers representing 10 different countries! They offer 52 weeks of parental leave, and as a remote team, conduct asynchronous interviews to mirror how they really work on a day-to-day basis. It also removes a lot of the unnecessary stress that comes with interviewing.

Cameo (profile) 📍 Los Angeles, CA or Chicago, IL
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Cameo lets you book personalized video shoutouts from your favorite people. Devs have opportunity to own and lead projects, and it's pretty cool knowing that Snoop Dogg and Brett Favre will use the features you build. 😎 After raising $50M in June, they've been hiring more engineers to help them scale to millions of users, build out search and discovery, and improve their video performance.

Ribbon (profile) 📍 New York, NY
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations on a case-by-case basis.
Ribbon makes buying homes easier. With $225M in funding, they're currently ~10 engineers split into three teams that serve their three customers: agents, buyers, and internal team members. They're big on giving back, too, and try to tie their mission of making home ownership achievable to everything they do, including their volunteer opportunities (like Ronald McDonald House Charities). (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Paris, or Victoria, BC
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations. is an online petition platform that helps people connect across geographic and cultural borders to support causes they care about. Their team ranks Work/Life Balance as their #1 value and they take pride in being a great place to work for those with kids (or dogs! 🐶). When you join, you'll go through a month-long onboarding process with other new hires which includes a one-week retreat.

Digit (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA
Provides relocation support. Does not sponsor work authorizations.
Digit makes it easy for people to save money. Their app analyzes your spending habits and sets aside small amounts of money for you without your even noticing. Their team believes in working true 40-hour weeks (they intentionally don't serve dinners at the office), and to date, they've helped their users put over $1,000,000,000 in the bank. That's a lot of zeroes! 💰

Fellow business owners, that's all I have for this week! I hope you have a marvelous day and I will see you again next Thursday.


Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)
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