A few months ago, as Arianna Huffington and I began to talk about the possibility of me joining Thrive Global, we realized we had some very important things in common. We’re both passionate about supporting and elevating women in the world of tech, and believe in the value of mentoring. And as mothers, we’re very much alive to the challenges women face as they try to build meaningful careers while also raising families.
Another point of connection was about the importance of knowing your priorities. In my life and career, I’ve purposely practiced getting better at this – co-founding Women in Product, finding time to mentor women in tech, staying in close touch with my five siblings around the world, and being a mother to two young children. All while working as a tech executive at companies including Apple, Trulia, eBay, Yahoo, and Zillow. As I’ve learned, you simply can’t give these vital, often competing, parts of your life the respect they deserve if you don’t ruthlessly set your priorities, and then relentlessly stick to them.
One of Arianna’s priorities for Thrive, she explained, was opening an office in San Francisco. What better way to tap into Silicon Valley’s most innovative and ambitious tech talent, and supercharge Thrive’s mission of ending the epidemic of stress and burnout?
In the weeks that followed we talked, and talked some more. I felt increasingly connected with Arianna’s vision. She made clear her understanding of the power of technology to achieve Thrive’s ambitious goal of “changing the way we work and live.” And she asked me to lead the charge by building up a world-class San Francisco office to join forces with Thrive’s New York-based tech team, which has already done so much to make Thrive what it is today.
So I said yes – for many reasons. But above all I was thrilled at the opportunity to build something big and meaningful from the ground up. To take all I’ve learned in 20 years in tech and join forces with a founder who had not only turned her first startup into a global media company, but used her firsthand experience with startup-related burnout as inspiration for her next company — with a compelling vision to truly have an impact and even change the world by helping people work and live with less stress and more fulfillment.
So as Thrive’s Chief Product Officer, I now have a new priority of my own: opening up a San Francisco office and building a team of engineers, designers and product managers who can put in place the technology needed to power Thrive’s ambitious mission.
Here’s who I’m looking for:
· A technical recruiter to partner with me to build an amazing tech team. You’re deeply connected with top talent in Silicon Valley. You have a knack for learning the DNA of a unique company culture and communicating it to others. And you’re eager to be a full, energetic partner in the search for gifted candidates with a passion for Thrive’s mission.
· Engineers, designers and product managers who want to be a part of something big. You’re creative, collaborative, and passionate about Thrive’s mission. You’ve built and scaled products and are ready to roll up your sleeves and solve problems. No matter your level of work experience, what matters is your eagerness to create products that will enrich and improve people’s lives.
If either of these describe you, it’s only fair that I say a bit about why you might want to think of joining Thrive, whether you’re content with where you are now or looking for new opportunities.
As I’ve had more and more conversations about Thrive, I’ve learned that many are aware of Thrive as a media platform but aren’t aware that we’re bringing our thought leadership and proven behavior change programs to many of the world’s biggest companies, or that we are now developing new products that will shape the future of work and our relationship with technology.
Others associate “mission-driven” companies with subpar compensation and benefits. Not the case — among the many upsides of working for a well-run Series B company that has raised $43 million since launching not even two years ago, with investors including IVP, Greycroft, Marc Benioff, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Sean Parker, Ray Dalio, and many more. And in addition to the top-tier health benefits, Thrive Global employees have already pioneered the company’s generous parental leave benefits (16 weeks paid leave for primary caregivers, and 8 weeks paid leave for secondary caregivers).
Considering all this, you might say Thrive is really, really clear about its priorities. We know that when our people thrive, our company thrives. And another of these priorities — which I have happily adopted as my own — is bringing Thrive’s values to Silicon Valley. In an industry practically ruled by burnout, we have an opportunity to shift the culture at a time when change is sorely needed.
I saw this opportunity – in true Thrive fashion – on my first day on the job, as I accompanied Arianna to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose. (Here we are meeting one of Apple’s up-and-coming employees.) As Apple announced a new set of integrated human-focused features to help us set boundaries with technology, it was not only a powerful response to our current moment, but yet another indicator of just how far ahead of the curve Thrive is. As Arianna wrote that day, we’re in the middle of a “great awakening in our relationship with technology,” with Facebook, Google, Instagram, Snapchat and other tech leaders shifting course to reflect a hunger for a new way to engage with technology.
If you’re a San Francisco-based recruiter, engineer, designer or product manager interested in talking possibilities, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me directly at [email protected].
We’re at the beginning of an amazing journey, and I can’t wait to see where we can go together.