Hello friends!

I'm currently writing you from Seattle where I am low-key assessing whether this is a city I could maybe someday live. (! 🤫) I'm with one of my best friends, Courtland, and he was commenting on how good he thinks I am at "being happy for other people" whereas many people feel dejected or even bitter when they see their peers succeed. I thought I'd share my mindset:

If it's difficult to be happy for others when they win, it's because it pokes at an insecurity –– you are forced to confront your own shortcomings and sometimes let envy creep in. Reframe your thinking. If you have a more collaborative mindset, then you can view good things happening to your collective as powering up! We are, after all, who we surround ourselves with, and if anything, it's motivating to want to contribute to your team by doing well yourself. 💪 

I consider my friends and family to be an extension of me, so when something amazing happens to someone in my tribe, it's almost as good as if it were happening to me. I love being a hypewoman so much that I kind of made it my job. I get so much energy from championing other founders and companies, and I genuinely want them to hire the best people possible so that they, too, can power up on their journeys. 🍄 Perhaps the first step to being able to sincerely celebrate others is by finding the right tribe of people who you respect, want to belong to, and are also going to hype you up.

I want y'all to find that. I want everyone to! 👇

Ribbon (profile) 📍 New York, NY
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations on a case-by-case basis.
Ribbon makes buying homes easier. Unlike most companies, they serve multiple customers: buyers, agents, lenders, you name it. That said, they orient mostly around buyers' needs). Internally, they care a lot about each person's individual development, best demonstrated by how their Head of Design works 4 days/week so that he can continue running his watch business. 👏

After raising $225M last year, they're still ~10 engineers (one of whom subscribes to this newsletter and is why they now have a Key Values profile!) and looking to hire 10 more engineers by the end of the year. If you're interested in real estate and are in NY, peep their profile!

Webflow (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA and Remote (Global)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Webflow empowers designers and developers to create powerful, stunning websites — entirely visually. They are one of the leaders of the no-code movement and just yesterday, announced their $72M Series A funding! 🎉 They are a globally distributed company and try to be online at the same time for a few hours every day, but everyone is free to choose the schedule that works best for them.

Handshake (profile) 📍 San Francisco, Denver, or Remote (US)
Provides relocation support. Can transfer existing visas.
Handshake is the leading career network for college students in America. They want every student to have an equal opportunity in finding a job, regardless of what school they went to, what their major is, or who they know. To work at Handshake, you can’t just be a good engineer. You also need to demonstrate empathy toward your teammates and keep the students you're building for in mind. 

LightStep (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Remote
Provides relocation support. Can transfer existing visas.
LightStep builds observability tools at the scale and complexity that enterprises need them. They care deeply about fast development, thorough testing, continuous delivery, and good algorithms. Their high-quality code base that's easy to understand and diagnose is what makes a great work environment. Outside of work, you'll find their devs volunteering, doing flying trapeze, spinning fire, or playing soccer.

Coast (profile) 📍 San Francisco, CA or Remote
Provides location support. Sponsors work authorizations. 
Coast helps the deskless workforce (think restaurants) communicate quickly and flexibly through mobile. Whether it’s completing a checklist or getting a shift covered, they're helping small businesses be more efficient. They work closely with their customers and know small businesses very well (they spent years working with them before founding Coast). While they're still a small team, they come with experience.

Nylas (profile) 📍 San Francisco, New York City, or Remote (US or Canada)
Provides relocation support. Sponsors work authorizations.
Nylas is a REST API that makes it easy to add email, contacts, and calendars to any app. Their product is built for engineers, by engineers. They hire from all backgrounds to create a diverse team and have an engineering team that is equal by identified gender. (This is so rare in tech!) There are no secrets at Nylas either: you can read about their policies, mission, and goals in their employee handbook. 👈

Final thoughts on how to be happy for others: you have a choice about what "world" you live in. I used to worry about competitors squashing Key Values, but then I realized no one has to lose in order for me to win. I jettisoned my winner-take-all mindset and now happily compete against myself.

The dream is for everyone in your tribe to win together, nah'mean?!
Lynne (@lynnetye and @keyvaluesio)
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