Modern Startup Culture

A group of programmers sitting around a table, working on their laptops

I was asked recently to describe the kind of organisational culture I enjoy being part of. I decided to turn my answer into a blog post, something I often forget to do. Culture is like air that surrounds us. We tend to take it for granted. But what one takes for granted may be another one’s aspiration.

My career is defined by early stage B2B startups that grew from a handful to 100+ people while I was there. In each of these roles, I started as a generalist engineer, developing and scaling the product across the stack and then transitioned into a hands-on leader, hiring and managing teams.

As a result, the culture I am used to is one defined by pragmatism: