+100 for DROdio mentioned.
We are here for marathon, so we put our crew's health and life quality to a top priority. We want every Crew to feel empowered, both in work and life. I also have a one-year-old kid myself, so I know the importance of work/life balance.
Several philosophies I have on work/life balance as the founder and CTO of storytell.ai
- Quality v.s. Quantity. We prefer highly productive working time instead of long working hours. We encourage every crew to increase their leverage, i.e., figure out ways to do things more smartly, and get everything done during their work hours, and then enjoy our personal life.
- Do meaningful work and have fun. We believe making work meaningful and fun is a great way for work/life balance. Work shouldn't be take energy away if it is meaningful and fun.
- Plan our personal life so that it is also meaningful and fun. I believe just like work, we also need to intentionally plan our personal life so that it is meaningful and fun. For example, I always proactively plan trips with my family -- and I go camping almost every weekend. I feel experiencing the beauty of nature is the best way to bond with my families and also recharge myself. I encourage every crewmate to plan and find their own way to make their personal life meaningful and fun.
We're here to build a trillion-dollar company. Seriously. This is why we Storytell Founders are doing five-year equity vesting -- we're not here to sell Storytell.
We all have lives outside of work – whether our focus is family, friends, or pets (or all of the above), everyone needs to recharge. The adage it’s a marathon, not a sprint applies here; there’s no expectation that you’d work late every night or occupy your weekends with work. That said, working at a startup is far from the clock-in/clock-out mentality. Running a marathon is no small feat, so we want to be at our best to do our best.
We work hard, and we play hard (like these pictures from our Tahoe offsite).
We also offer unlimited PTO -- we're focused on your output, not your inputs.
In terms of what life is like at Storytell, here is an example from me as CEO -- and I'll also invite the rest of our Crew to share their stories here, too:
I've got three kids. I prioritize my schedule around them as much as I can. Here's what that typically means:
- Any evening when I'm in parent mode, and not out at a CEO work event, I have dinner with them
- I make personal time on weekends for my partner and my family (and especially for taking my kids on adventures like these and also these in our Sprinter van)
- I typically start work at 7am and finish at 5:30pm. As CEO I'll often get on line in the evening after putting the kids down, but I don't have an expectation that our Crew do that.
Happy to provide any additional detail I can!