We build software that increases rather than decreases human agency.
In short, we’re building products to equip and empower people.
And to accomplish all of that we need the best of the best.
We have high standards. We won’t let anyone near client work who cannot meet those standards. A players hire A players and everyone else drags down their performance. We fix that problem by employing only top performers. If you aren’t one, you shouldn’t work here.This is an off-the-charts amazing place to be a top-notch engineer - because your teammates are too!
Most of the people at our company are the smartest people we know. We ask everyone to think of the smartest most competent people who actually ship and get stuff done they’ve ever met are. And then we figure out a way to hire them.
The client has been exceedingly satisfied with AE Studio. They’ve stood out for their process, which has successfully delivered professional results within time and budget. They provide constant updates and communicate effectively. Moreover, they’re collaborative and accommodating partners.
AE Studio produces satisfying deliverables with impressive speed. The team is flexible and assesses challenges thoroughly, which results in the implementation of effective solutions. Their dedication, attentiveness, and valuable recommendations enable ongoing collaboration.
You’re the best engineer on a team of excellent engineers
You make your teammates better and they love you for it (you’re not an arse)
You get things done and get better while you’re at it
You bring a founder level mentality to everything you do
You treat client work (and everything) else with the love and care you would give your own start-up
You love solving problems for customers, users, and humans everywhere
You can balance maker vs manager time, and produce value during both
You communicate extremely effectively
Clients will love you (rather than tolerate you as a talented jerk)
You’re less enamored with intricate code than with creating value
You’re capable of creating billions of dollars of value for the most innovative clients in the world and for the projects we incubate internally
We guarantee our clients that we will treat their projects like they are our own - with the mentality of a founder. We cannot staff projects with anyone who cannot embody that guarantee. We won’t risk the brand. We also develop internal “skunkworks” (sold the first a year ago) products with similarly stratospheric standards for the user experience they provide. You can found one yourself! Of course, if you aren’t a world-class developer, designer, or data-scientist, that’s less likely to work so the same standards apply. Thus, sometimes, we fire someone quickly. Of course, most of the time, the result is building an elite cadre of technologists who can make your startup MUCH more likely to flourish than if you built it on your own. We require the best of the best, and IF you can hack it, it’ll be worth it!
Ultimately, we only hire folks who exemplify our core values - good devs should be good people too.
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.