Hi friends!

I was thiiis close to skipping this week's newsletter, but I'm remembering that consistency matters more than perfection. (Or that's what I've been telling myself these days... 😂)

If you're a parent of a young child, you've surely heard of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is ravaging kids across the U.S. And if you're not, you've probably still heard about this "tripledemic" winter we're headed toward starring COVID-19, the flu, and RSV. Long story short: a lot of families are getting rocked by illnesses this season. Mine included. 😩

Yesterday, a 30-minute let's-just-be-safe check-in with our naturopathic doctor turned into a 7.5-hour visit at the Seattle Children's Hospital Emergency Room trying to figure out what has been plaguing Illumi. (Don't worry, she'll be just fine!) I was not expecting such a gigantic disruption in my already overwhelmed week, so this [*gestures haphazardly at this email intro*] is my "today's best!" 

I was planning to go deep talking about how 2022 has been a(nother) rollercoaster of a year in terms of the economy, lack of certainty, and hiring. But the gist is that teams are still growing. Maybe not as fast as they were before, but still growing. While many companies are slowing things down as the year closes, I've spoken with several hiring managers, and it's really more about hiring the right people rather than just quickly growing in numbers (which we saw a lot of in 2021, and explain a lot of the layoffs we've seen...). I think there are pros and cons about each phase of these cycles, and right now, when it doesn't feel like a feeding frenzy, is when both employers and job seekers can take their time to really figure out if the fit is right. And that's a good thing. 

This week, I'm featuring companies that are not hiring like crazy, but are definitely still bringing on new people. They're all very different from one another, ranging in size from ~5 team members to thousands of employees, and I bet at least one of them will speak to you! Take a look: 

Angaza (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Nairobi, or Remote (US)
Provides relocation support. Can transfer existing visas.
Angaza removes barriers to life-changing products like solar home systems, water pumps, and smartphones by enabling people in underserved communities to pre-pay on affordable plans. Their team straddles San Francisco and Nairobi, which means they're not only diverse (ps. 2/3 of their founders are women), but also pros at transparent, written communication (mostly in the form of PR comments for devs). 

Makelog (profile) 📍 Remote (US)
Provides relocation support and sponsors work authorizations on a case-by-case basis.
Makelog is building a modern release communication platform that not only shows the value of every feature and bug update being shipped, but also puts a spotlight on how valuable engineers are internally. As a small team, you’ll be a “glue person," contributing in many different ways beyond what your title would suggest. They raised a $3M seed in June and are still looking for full-stack engineers

Qualified (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Remote (US/Canada)
Provides relocation support on a case-by-case basis. Sponsors work authorizations.
Qualified is a pipeline generation platform that supports revenue teams who use Salesforce. With the shift to remote work, digital engagement for B2B companies is increasingly important and Qualified is going to capitalize! 💪 They don't compensate employees based on geo and offer great benefits like night nanny services. (Their CMO recently wrote about balancing a career and being a mom in Forbes!) 

Propel (profile) 📍 Brooklyn, NY or Remote (US)
Does not provide relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations on a case-by-case basis.
Propel builds software to help low-income Americans improve their finances. They raised a $50M Series B during the pandemic to help expand their Providers Card, which maximizes government benefits like disability benefits and child tax credits. From regular user surveys to engineers working hand-in-hand with their policy team, the whole company is committed to serving Americans with limited income. 

ReadMe (profile) 📍 San Francisco, New York City, or Remote (US)
Provides relocation support. Does not sponsor work authorizations.
ReadMe transforms API docs into interactive hubs to help devs easily manage documentation. Their team has contributed to several open source projects, doesn't believe in tricky technical screens, and due to the nature of their business (customers use ReadMe during typical work hours), engineers rarely get called on weekends or holidays. Read more to learn why their employee retention is so high!

Instacart (profile) 📍 Remote (US, Ontario, or British Columbia)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Instacart makes grocery delivery convenient, affordable, and accessible. They offer many flavors with their office, flex, remote policy, but regardless of what you choose, you must be and act like an owner. After growing immensely during the pandemic, folks have been eagerly awaiting their IPO. But we'll have to wait longer, as they've postponed until next year. If you want to join a private unicorn, you still have time! 🙌

The headlines are saying that this is the worst pediatric-care crisis in decades, so I'm sending healthy and healing thoughts to all of the little humans out there! For all you not-so-little humans, be sure to take care of yourselves, too! Despite the macroeconomic challenges that we can't control, we can certainly focus our attention to taking care of our physical selves. After all, health is wealth. 

And if you know any healthcare workers, remember to check in on them –– they need our support and recognition as many of them are working overtime... again. ❤️

Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)

Ps. I almost forgot! If you're looking for a new role and aren't finding anything that speaks to you on Key Values, try peeping Hacker News' "Who is hiring?" thread. Companies post open engineering (and other engineering-adjacent) roles on the first of every month, so these are all fresh. Good luck!
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