Hi friends!

Today, I'm going to gush about one of the people I admire most in this world: my mom. While you can read about her research in structural biology and genetics in her newly published Wikipedia page 😍, I want to share how her example has deeply shaped my whole outlook on and approach to life.

Even though my Chinese parents met on the boat coming to America (literally, I kid you not), neither were tiger parents. Growing up, I'd get stressed about everything –– school, sports, extracurriculars –– and my mom would always tell me to "just have fun!"

I hated it. For many angsty teenage years, it felt like she was dismissing how real my problems were. It only took me a decade or so for it to finally click. Making "have fun" the goal is the key that unlocks everything.

In 2017, when my mom was 70 years old, she made a breakthrough discovery in basic biology. Read: she was considering retiring, but accidentally started peaking in her career. This ended up being a huge turning point in my life, too. I was just about to turn 29, confused about what I was doing with my life, and witnessing this exciting turn of events for my mom rocked my whole world: why did I feel "behind" and so worried about having it all figured out by age 30?! My mom has 41 years on me and is still taking risks!

I started Key Values two weeks later.

My mom is the best example of how to enjoy life in the present. She takes her work seriously, but doesn't take herself too seriously, and by putting fun first, every accomplishment and accolade is merely a bonus. She is living proof that you're never too old to embark on a new and exciting adventure, and even though people love to glorify 
success at a young age, maybe the truly impressive thing we should be bowing down to is being able to fiercely love the journey you're on for as long as you're alive.

Key Values is very much inspired by my mother, a person who confidently listens to her gut, consistently makes choices that align with her personal values, and as a result, lives a full, energizing, and happy life. I want to live like she does. I think we all do. 

If you're ever wondering if it's too late to make a big life change, the answer is no! It's never too late to reinvent yourself and it's never too early to start dreaming up what your next chapter will be. And regardless of what you do for a living or where you work, always remember to have fun. 🙌 

Cisco Meraki (profile) 📍 Austin, Chicago, San Francisco, Sydney, London
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Meraki is the leader in cloud controlled WiFi, routing, and security. They're one of the largest companies on Key Values (with 1800+ employees and ~200 engineers), but dev teams are kept small and given tons of agency to explore, build, and ship. They also allow software engineers to spend time on up to three different teams in their rotation program, which is IMO one of the best perks of working at a big company!

Blockstack (profile) 📍 New York, NY or Remote (Global)
No relocation support or work authorizations needed –– they're remote!
Blockstack is a decentralized computing platform. They enable an open, decentralized internet so that all internet users can own their data and maintain privacy and their team members reside all over the globe. Blockstack is an open source project and also a Public Benefit Corporation. Super duper fun fact: their two founders are also technical advisors to HBO's Silicon Valley. 🎬

Plastiq (profile) 📍 Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Plastiq makes it easy for people to pay their rent, taxes, and tuition with credit cards. With 58% of their engineers being born outside of the U.S., 67% being women/minorities, and having devs who've joined them with 0 to 20+ years of experience, Plastiq has successfully built a diverse tech company. (They also don't believe in meetings after 12pm, which is something I personally like very much.)

Compound (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations. 
Compound is a peer-to-peer payments app that is no longer in stealth! 🙌🚀 They make it possible for people to share money in a way that doesn’t involve a joint bank account. They're still a <10-person team and are hiring software engineers at all levels of experience and seniority! I just downloaded their app on Tuesday and am psyched to start using it (and give unsolicited user feedback 😂).

Signal (profile) 📍 Remote (US)
Haven't needed to relocate folks yet –– they're remote!
Signal is the encrypted communications application adopted by WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, and Google Allo. They're a very unique company, not because they're fully remote, but because they aren't a profit-seeking entity. Because Signal is an open source project backed by grants and donations, their team members can truly focus on putting the privacy and security of their users above all else.

ActZero (profile) 📍 Seattle, WA and Toronto, ON
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
ActZero provides businesses with cybersecurity protection though a unified, AI-driven security platform. While the company is only 9 months old, they look and act more like a Series B stage business: they have clear product-market fit, secure funding, and also compensate employees as such. Their 4 founders are hyperscale and security professionals –– that's how they've moved at this exciting pace! ⏩

I'd like to close out today's d̶i̶a̶r̶y̶ ̶e̶n̶t̶r̶y̶ newsletter by saying that I love and admire my dad, too! He deserves a whole book of his own tbh. He also subscribes to and reads my newsletters every week, S'CUTE RIGHT?! 🤗❤️

Wherever you are, have fun today!
Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)
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