Hi friends!

I'm currently in Minsk, Belarus helping my husband find office space for his company, Sensor Tower. (Why yes, they are hiring and on Key Values, too! 😉) Despite the 10-hour time difference, we've been keeping SF hours, which means I just went on a 6-mile run and have running thoughts to share. 

There are many things I hope to achieve with Key Values, but one of my core goals is to give people the vocabulary to talk about what they want and don't want out of their job... and really, their life.

People always ask me, "How do you know companies aren't lying?" The short answer is, I don't. But how does anyone ever really know?

How do I know that you won't lie to the companies on Key Values when you interview with them? Again, I don't.

Anyone we interact with can lie to us at any time. So what can you do? Equip yourself with tools to detect lies and get the truth. 🛠️🧰

If you know which questions to ask, how to ask them, and what red flags to look for, you can evaluate how authentic someone's answers are. When a company says they invest in their people, ask follow up questions. Ask for examples. Ask to talk to other people on the team to hear another perspective. If someone has a different definition or understanding of "professional development," they aren't lying to you when they say it exists at their company but it's not what you were imagining. Maybe it means career coaches, education stipends, public speaking opportunities, or chances for promotion as an individual contributor. Interviews are your chance to figure out a common language to discuss a potential marriage, and it's on you to find out if the other person's truths line up with yours.

If you're worried about companies lying to you, equip yourself with the language to articulate exactly what you're looking for, what you're avoiding, and why.

Plus, you can trust that I give every company on Key Values a very healthy dose of tough love when we create their profiles. 🙌 I'm always looking for that realness, and here's what I've found:

Nova Credit (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA and New York City, NY
Does not provide relocation support. Does not sponsor work authorizations.
Nova Credit helps immigrants to transport their credit history around the world. Their three founders, immigrants themselves, met and started Nova while at Stanford. They were excluded from the financial system in the U.S. and know firsthand what pain points they're now solving for. Their ~20-person engineering team believes that results matter more than how many hours you work, or where you work from.

Billtrust (profile) 📍 Lawrenceville, NJ or Denver, CO
Provides relocation and sponsors work authorizations on a case-by-case basis.
Billtrust builds payment management software so that businesses can accelerate invoice-to-cash. Their platforms process $15B+ each year and they do it by promoting a "we all succeed or fail together" culture. People ask for help when they need it and everyone is willing to help. At a strategic level, they're comfortable taking big bets and incubating them as they evaluate each for success or failure.

Peerspace (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Remote (US)
Provides relocation and sponsors work authorizations on a case-by-case basis.
Peerspace makes it easy to book venues for meetings, events, photoshoots, and more. Internally, they're always excited about their most junior hires because they often develop into senior engineering leads, scrum masters, and managers. Giving people the space and ability to grow is in part why Peerspace has a 90%+ employee retention rate. (They're also a great place for parents to work!)

Aptible (profile) 📍 Remote (North America)
Doesn't need to provide relocation support or sponsor work authorization – they're remote!
Aptible provides security management to small businesses and startups. They are a fully remote team that works across every time zone in the United States. Their team members care deeply about psychological safety and make sure that all new hires take a feedback and conflict workshop. With less than 40 employees, everyone at Aptible has significant ownership over their work and product –– they have two!

Coffee Meets Bagel (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, or Remote
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Coffee Meets Bagel is the curated dating service that lets women call the final shot. They cater to customers all over the world, of all sexual orientations, and across many ages, so yes, their (very international) team covers all spectrums, too. While the company rejected Mark Cuban's $30M offer on Shark Tank back in 2015 (😮), they have no regrets! They're one of the most popular dating apps in the U.S.

Webflow (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Remote (Global)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Webflow empowers designers and developers to create powerful, stunning websites — entirely visually. They've been profitable since 2013, have grown to 1M+ users due to positive word-of-mouth, and are one of the leaders of the no-code movement. The majority of their team members are remote and if you'd like to "meet" them, I'd recommend doing so over Twitter where many Webflowers are active. 👌

And as a quick news update: VMware completed their acquisition of Carbon Black for $2.1B yesterday! We need to finish updating their profile page, but in the meantime you can find open roles at VMware on their Key Values profile. 👍

Always look for that realness!
Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)
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