Question: What separates your company culture from that of other startups and why is it important?
Take It Slow and Steady
"I've noticed that a lot of startups often immediately go to investors. We've bootstrapped, growing slowly and steadily for the past 10 years. Whether you'll court investors or bootstrap is an important decision in your company's infancy. While I'll never say we won't take investment money in the future, we've been doing OK without it thus far and are happy with that decision."
Use a Horizontal Structure
"We’ve embraced a company without hierarchy. Everyone is empowered to do the right thing for the company and the team without needing constant approval. "
Adapt the Newest Technology
"Technology is the cornerstone of my company. Although we focus mainly on education, I make sure to buy the latest and greatest technology for my company in order to progress. I buy new monitors, computers, and even video games to improve the company environment. "
Hire Authentic People
"AlignedSigns.com was created with the intention of encouraging better relationships of all kinds through acceptance, self-knowledge and authenticity. It's the essence of our company’s identity and the culture we have developed. When hiring, someone's personality is just as important as their skill-set when determining a fit for a position. This way, they are qualified and enjoy what they do."
Base Your Culture off of Your Values
"As a food startup in Silicon Valley, it's easy to be influenced by all the tech startups and think that we should have free food, standing desks everywhere and lots of big monitors with analytics. But that's not who we are. We brought together our entire team to talk about the things we each value. We found that team picnics and running clubs were key to our team's happiness."
Prioritize Fun Like Any Other Job
"At Socialfly, one of our core company values is to have fun, and we believe that no victory is too small to celebrate. We appointed a "Head of Fun" on our team who is responsible for organizing activities in our office that facilitate bonding and new experiences. We believe in working hard to deliver extraordinary results to our clients and having fun while we do it!"