Sounds simple, but it's an ambitious goal. Social spaces are at the core of our lives. We remember our desk at the office and the connections we made, we remember the hotel lobby of the last exciting conference, we remember the courtyard in College where we met our first friends. Those spaces are filled with meaning because of the shared experiences we made with others. People we met and who we talked with. We want to build those spaces online.
Online meetings are transactional. They are also top-down, i.e. they are owned by the organizer and leave little room for interaction between participants.
This means that the human side of getting together gets lost: spontaneous chats, random encounters or unexpected conversations. We believe that's at the core of 'Zoom fatigue' - not poor video connection or audio issues.
Wonder is a space where you can connect to others in a more spontaneous and fluid way. You move around freely between groups. It's fun, creative and energizing. We call this concept fluid togetherness, we think it's the future of how people will connect online in future and we're incredibly excited about it. The best thing is that Wonder is going to be a the core of it.
Company values feel a bit outdated. We try to express what we care about in plain language and explain how we live by those things day-to-day. If our philosophy appeals to you, why not join our team?
By users, we mean people like you and I who are on Wonder to be with other people, to collaborate, share knowledge or form human connections. Wonder should make this experience a delight - meeting people made easier than ever before. Organizers are also important, but they are happy when their group interacts and their communities thrive.
We hire product lovers, people who have strong opinions about great products and what makes them great. People who rave about the newest technologies and what it can do for us.
Every developer thinks like a product owner. We're building a complex product that is lives through its. Those cannot be planned or dictated top-down, so each developer needs to bring in their own judgement about what the product feels like.
Design plays a key role in our development process. By 'design' we don't just mean a shiny surface, but taking a systematic and thoughtful approach to user needs, to their journey before, during and after Wonder, to the information architecture of the product and to the visual language. We try to create a consistent product experience that users love.
We optimize for end user experience. We track closely how our users interact with the product and we speak to them frequently.
We don't work hard, play hard. We see work as play. Like other forms of play (sports, music, theatre), work is hard and requires passion and dedication. Finding pride in your work, in doing something truly outstanding, is the greatest source of fulfillment you can find in life.
We believe that collaboration is the only way to build something outstanding and this is why we practice empathy and mutual understanding. We celebrate each others victories and help each other grow.
We only hire team players who are committed to creating a caring and respectful team culture.
We constantly try to make our organization a better place and follow research on New Work, productivity and organizational psychology.
We think of our office like a second home. It's a space where we feel comfortable, where we enjoy spending time. We bring friends and pets to the office and have lots of social space.
Great collaboration only happens when you are inspired by people you work with and when you get along. We spend a lot of time onboarding new hires, explaining things and taking the time to listen. And we spend time together outside of the office.
The team culture values we cherish are: empathy, personal growth, sense of humour and ambition.
We help each other improve. We run monthly feedback sessions and clearly communicate goals and development needs. We give praise and celebrate victories together. Each one of us has a personal development budget that they can use to learn a language, and instrument or become a better communicator.
We think hard about how to create the right environment for collaboration and focus work. Everyone is kept up to date with what is happening in the company. We collaborate across roles and topics. At the same time, we protect focus time through no-meeting Thursdays and avoid meetings before lunch.