We build software that increases rather than decreases human agency.
AE is composed of only 10x developers, data scientists, and designers that will pave the way instead of being in the way.
A 10x developer is not necessarily someone who works extra hours. They're someone who actually likes their work and is able to accomplish many things.
We only hire applicants that fit our core values and provide them with the external structures they need to grow the environment at AE.
People with the right mindset are able to grow the equivalent of years in a few months with our onboarding process.
You will be hands-on from day 0 and making an impact working on agency increasing products and supporting highly effective charities through AE's giving back initiative.
We believe everyone can grow and evolve. We look for ways to improve ourselves and things around us and enjoy rising to the challenges in front of us.
We don’t believe in leaving things that can be better stagnant or reinventing the wheel. We take bigger and bigger baby steps that start small and are continually tested until they work. Compounding, accelerating progress is more powerful than people can imagine.
We believe in effective communication with clarity and generosity and its ability to prevent most problems, both between individuals through things like feedback, and on teams through great tools, processes, and practices that encourage overcommunication.
We understand the value of and create structures as an extension of ourselves that allow us to be fully present, like notes, lists, an optimized laptop, or great people, to augment our own thinking, productivity, and happiness.
We believe that if everyone does more than their fair share, figures out what needs to be done and does it with ownership mentality, and encourages others to do the same, we will go faster, further, and defeat the prisoner’s dilemma, as the best, happiest versions of ourselves.
We believe the best decisions come from empathizing, articulating, and improving counter-arguments to ourselves and others from a place of excitement and generosity. We consider all ideas hypotheses while moving forward with ideas that get the job done.
We receive equity from amazing clients whose MVPs we help assemble (and who we help raise their next round). We also generate equity from the Skunkworks projects we incubate. Every year, we share some of this equity with our team as “profits interest.”
Rather than putting all your eggs in one basket, become a mini-VC (as long as you are part of the AE team) and earn additional equity each year. Our team doesn't ride out 12-18 months until their equity vests so they can quit… they continue building amazing, agency-increasing tools for themselves, our clients, and humanity.
And remember, the number of client projects and incubated skunkworks grows as a function of the number of AE team members. The upside is large. The risk is diversified. The model is unique.
Our clients offer an incredible perspective on the landscape of development and data science. When client work shines a spotlight on opportunities to increase human agency with technology, AE's employees can found startups internally, often with the first customer already sold!
These incubated Skunkworks projects offer founder-level equity to those who build them and additional equity to all AE employees. Found a startup where you know your co-founders are phenomenal, your product is desired, and your support network is an incredible team of experienced founders, developers, data scientists, and designers!
Once or twice a year, we try to gather the team together and we have a lot of fun with drinks, Hackathons, and other team activities. But don't be scared, we are aware of the introverts!
Have more freedom, more time. But we also have offices that you can work in, and we do like to interact with people and clients in person.
Work out a schedule that fits with your team and you’re good to go. We know that forcing night owls to start work at 6am isn’t the best for productivity.
Short weekly meeting where you can talk about various things. You can find ways to grow, share feedback, improve processes, and share exciting things that you’re working on.
We help each other out. We have a network of amazing developers and data scientists working on different projects who are always willing to share their knowledge. There are no egos here.
Effective communication & collaboration that’s not annoying and actually helps get work done. Our processes work, and they make sure you constantly know you’re headed in the right direction.
Separation of Concerns, Don't Repeat Yourself, Avoid Mental Mapping, Unambiguous Names, and more. These are just some of the things we do to make our code great to work on right now and in the future.
We work fast and get things done! At the same time, we keep our codebase healthy. In the long term it makes it easier to maintain, make changes and implement new features. A clean code base makes everyone happier and increases everyone's Agency!
Some of the coolest tech products started out as fun side projects. We actively encourage our team members to build out their own ideas and spend time learning new technologies and expanding their skillsets.
We like to hire people who contribute to open source and we contribute to open source ourselves.
Twice a year, we come together and spend one entire day coding. Many great ideas start from something small and silly that can be fully released in a single day.
Every quarter everyone brainstorms ideas for things that we can do to improve ourselves and the company, growing and moving towards our goals together.