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When my colleague Ryo suggested we start a self-improvement program at Tint, I embraced the idea. Right now, in its first month, our “program” is pretty much as simple as can be: at the beginning of the month, each team sets a personal improvement goal and records their progress in a shared spreadsheet. A $100 monthly stipend helps team members fund their endeavors. At the end of the month we meet as a team to discuss, support, and promote the benefits of our goals. As our CEO, Tim, is fond of saying: we’re running a marathon while building a company, not a sprint. My hope is that my colleagues and I will continue to find ways to make ourselves feel better, work better, and live better.

“We interviewed a senior being evicted from their home in the Mission who told us, ‘Google is Hitler’. What would you say to that?” An interviewer from TechCrunch asked me this question a month ago. The question didn’t surprise me, even though it should have. It seems like that’s all that’s been in the news lately.

The jumbotron and the cross-country flight are not what make me most excited to work at Tint. It is the radical company culture of autonomy and trust, and the warm embrace of new ideas. It’s startup culture at its finest. Creating an environment like this is more difficult than putting someone’s face on a roughly $1,000/minute jumbotron, and more valuable too.