10 Jan

My first week at LaunchDarkly was surreal.

The Space
LaunchDarkly’s office space is located inside Heavybit. The building has an industrial theme and feel with metal and wood everywhere. I’m surrounded by three walls of windows that provides natural light on an open floor plan. So warm and beautiful…but that’s just the start. Heavybit provides many interesting amenities such as meetup space, workshops, not to mention a kitchen full of drinks and snacks, and lunch served everyday. The service has been amazing, keep up the great work Heavybit!

Day One?
I joined on the company’s first day of the new year. Everyone’s back from the holidays, telling stories, exchanging ideas, working, having lunch together and going to a few meetings. The team and leadership were very welcoming and helpful to get me up and running. It felt like a “low key” day compared to a day at my past startups. However, as the days go on I realized that this kind of day is EVERY day at LaunchDarkly. Every day leadership is there to guide and support the team, and vice versa. Everyone is at arm’s reach and easy to talk to. Which I love because it keeps meetings to a minimum and allows autonomy to GSD. Working with this intelligent, colorful and compassionate group has exceeded my expectations of what startup culture can be.

I am One with the Force…
At the end of the week, I felt I was contributing to a great team building an awesome product that is helping companies produce more awesome products and services. As a business operations person, this is music to my ears – be a force multiplier!

In weeks to come, I look forward to taking on challenges and growing the team. I’m excited to learn from and contribute to the LaunchDarkly community.

17 Dec

How LaunchDarkly’s Culture Inspires Its Product

Silicon Valley is known for its innovate work culture that cultivates employee happiness and promotes a harmonious work environment.  That’s all well and good, but does it translate into a great product?

I would argue that many companies promote an exciting ‘super duper awesome’ work environment, but have a hard time channeling that culture into a successful product.   Here, I’d like to discuss how we take this innovative culture and channel it into a successful product by promoting three core tenants.

  • Intellectual Curiosity – A culture of continuous intellectual growth allows everyone on the team to contribute to every aspect of the product, from marketing to design.  You are encouraged to learn, to adapt, and to challenge yourself and your teammates.  “What if’s” are encouraged and “dissent” is channeled through hypotheses and curiosity.  Product direction is shaped by the interplay of curiosity and discourse, even if you are not a domain expert in the subject at hand.
  • Reciprocated Support – Everyone on the team works for each other.  If I work on the weekend, it’s not because I have to or because I have a deadline, it’s because I want to.  Because I feel continuously supported, I reciprocate by trying to make everyone else’s workload easier and provide any benefit I can. We each have each others’ back, and that’s an inspiring feeling to have.
  • Vision Driven Development – While ultimately we are looking to be a successful business, we also truly believe that we are making things better and easier.  I find it very easy to pour my energy into something I truly believe in, rather than just something I feel will make money.

When you have a team that gels so well together, the product creates itself and reflects those values.  When each individual is held to a high standard, the product is held to a high standard.  Being proud of what you create is essential to a successful product.  We are proud of the work we do and we channel that pride to, not only make life better for our customers, but for each other.

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