Hi friends!

I recently binged two seasons of this reality show called Alone. Premise: they drop 10 survivalists in the wilderness with limited tools and a camera (but no crew) and the last person standing wins $500k. There was something soothing about watching other people struggle to find comfort when I was feeling physically miserable myself. (I lost 10 pounds being sick 😩 and could totally empathize with their depleting bodies even though I had a pantry full of food 15 feet from me.) And while it's fascinating to see humans make fires, build shelter, fashion boats, fish, hunt, and forage for food, what really hooked me was the forced introspection from being all alone, completely isolated, in the elements. You do some deep soul-searching out there, y'all!

Each contestant had such profound realizations about their past, present, and future, and the vulnerability and raw emotion from these individuals is just so moving! (If you can't tell, I highly recommend it.) 
But one of the big takeaways for me in watching this show was around gratitude and gratitude shaming.

Working a tech job is obviously nothing like fending off bears and eating tree bark to survive, but there are parallels! These survivalists could tap out at any time and go back home to their families, and quite frankly, so can we. We can leave jobs that make us feel bored, lonely, and unsupported whenever we want to. The main difference is that we have so many more distractions keeping us from really dissecting our "why."

Why stay? Why keep going?

When you work in tech, people often tell you how fortunate you are to earn such a generous salary for simply click-clacking at your computer. And I agree –– we should be super grateful to be here. However, we can also strive for more. There is nothing wrong with having greater aspirations and ambitions even when you're in a place of privilege. You can be grateful for what you already have and demand better hours, support, camaraderie, meaning, leadership, compensation, whatever!

I know the job market is wonky right now and there is turmoil, yet again, for many companies and employees, but not for everyone! While there are still layoffs and hiring freezes, plenty of companies are doing the opposite. If you're comfortably employed somewhere, don't feel guilty for wanting to tap out and look elsewhere. You can fully appreciate your fortunate position and want to level up at the same time! And I hope you do.

Who knows, there might be a "more and better" for one of you riiight here:

CoinTracker (profile) 📍 Remote (Global, 9AM–12PM PT)
Provides relocation support. Does not sponsor work authorizations. 
CoinTracker simplifies cryptocurrency portfolio tracking and tax compliance. It's reasonable to feel skeptical about crypto companies right now, but I'm still betting on CoinTracker. They raised a $100M Series A in January, but they haven't touched a single penny of it because despite (awful) market conditions, they're profitable and growing. They're absolutely hiring right now and want anyone interested to apply!

Qualified (profile) 📍 Remote (US/Canada)
Provides relocation support on a case-by-case basis. Sponsors work authorizations.
Qualified is a pipeline generation platform for revenue teams that use Salesforce. They embrace a remote-first culture, regularly dogfood their own product, and have steadily grown from 20 to 185 employees in the last four years. They announced their $95M Series C in April and are vocal about compensating all of their employees the same regardless of their location. "Equal pay for equal work!" 👏

3Box Labs (profile) 📍 Remote (Global)
No relocation support or work authorizations needed –– they're fully remote!
3Box Labs is unlocking data composability in the Web3 ecosystem. Building for the open source community is core to everything they do, even above their protocol and products. Their team spans Europe and the U.S., includes former tech founders, advisors to F100 CEOs, and patent authors, and they truly believe in remote work. (One of their team members was living on a sailboat!) You can read more here

Treasury Prime (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Remote (US)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Treasury Prime builds APIs that enable both banks and their corporate customers to automate their banking operations. Given that banks are closing physical branches and shifting to electronic payments, innovations in this space are taking off. And Treasury Prime has been on it for years! If you're looking for thoughtful interview practices that avoid biases (aka no whiteboarding), I highly suggest you take a look!

Virta (profile) 📍 Remote (US)
Does not provide relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations on a case-by-case basis.
Virta is working to reverse type 2 diabetes without medications or surgery. Their app gives patients near real-time access to medical providers and health coaches, which means writing and testing code is vital. Their CEO (who was formerly a nuclear physicist in Finland and co-founder of Trulia 😮) recently talks on this podcast about how they're improving patient retention and transforming diabetes care.

Newfront (profile) 📍 Remote (PST preferred)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Newfront is a modern insurance brokerage. Since their customers span different demographics, it’s no surprise that EQ > IQ is one of the team’s top values. They're always looking to put customers first and solve real-world problems. Just take a look at their recent blog post helping employers understand compliance considerations for reimbursement of abortion-related expenses. Yes, yes, and yes.

Grateful to have a roof over my head and a warm bed to sleep in, but ya girl gonna keep dreaming big, too!

To this adventure we call life!

Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)
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