Company culture

When a company writes and reflects on its values, it has already taken a big step forward. Besides that, if culture is preserved, taken care of, and improved -especially when things don't go so well- you can just admire and learn.

Buffer Values

Default to transparency

Cultivate positivity

Show gratitude

Practice reflection

Improve consistently

Act beyond yourself

GitLab Team Handbook (Values)

We value results, transparency, sharing, freedom, efficiency, frugality, collaboration, directness, kindness, diversity, boring solutions, and quirkiness.

Spotify Band Manifesto

Innovative: We move fast and take big risks. We cultivate curiosity. We’re unafraid to fail, knowing that each mistake contains a valuable lesson and gets us one step closer towards creativity and innovation.

Sincere: We have no time for internal politics. We lead with transparency and engage with open minds. Creating something new requires trust so candid feedback delivered with good intent is at the heart of everything we do.

Passionate: We revel in what we do. We genuinely care about our shared Spotify mission, pushing ourselves to become masters of the part we play. We energize and inspire others around us, knowing that excitement drives innovation.

Collaborative: We recognize that we’re all in this together. Everyone is an integral part of the work we do with an equal opportunity to participate – we share ideas and best practices across business units and in spite of traditional hierarchies.

Playful: With all that said, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We connect with each other. We celebrate successes. And just like a real band, we like to jam.


Open-minded: Remember that you’re looking for the best answer, not simply the best answer that you can come up with yourself. Push for perfection, but never at the expense of progress. Validate stuff ASAP.

Ego-free: Don’t worry about looking good; worry about achieving the goal.

Async and remote: Focus on efficiency and productivity. Choose from where and when you work, so you can adapt your work to your life and not the other way around.

Accountability driven: Think like an owner, and expect the people you work with to do the same. Focus on goals rather than tasks. Plan. Do. Check, and Act.

Frugal: Use company’s resources wisely. Constraints help you thinking creatively.

Transparent: Share everything internally, especially the things that are hardest to share. Be very sensitive with what you share externally.

In $god we trust, all others bring data: Data should act as the foundation for our decision-making process, not as a substitute for our own judgment.

API first: We build products by developers to developers. Treat our APIs as UIs of our products.

YNAB's Culture Document

We think it’s important to be helpful and teach one another. You know, lend a helping hand, and look to ease a friend’s burden.

When you’re friendly, I guess it means that you take an interest in others, and tend to listen more than you talk.

If you (gasp!) change your mind, we think that’s cool, because… well, there’s nothing wrong with changing your mind.

When speaking of others be kind. Is what you’re about to say true, kind, and necessary?

We love humbly confident people who are proud of their craft, and stay humble so they don’t stop learning.

You know what makes life great? You assume good intentions, and give others the benefit of the doubt. Even then, you may still disagree—a healthy problem to have between two people that listen, and then listen more.

With all of that said, the disciplined and relentless pursuit of important (sometimes scary) things is awesome. And my heavens, if you have a sense of humo(u)r, we want you around (because you’re hilarious).