Today, Joel Spolsky and the Fog Creek Software team announced they’re spinning off their popular project management product Trello into a standalone company complete with $10.3 million in venture funding.
The entire announcement is terrific and worth the read, but this part in particular really rang true to me:
Even though Fog Creek, Trello, and Stack Exchange are now three separate companies, they are all running basically the same operating system, based on the original microprocessor architecture known as “making a company where the best developers want to work,” or, in simpler terms, treating people well.
This operating system applies both to the physical layer (beautiful daylit private offices, allowing remote work, catered lunches, height-adjustable desks and Aeron chairs, and top-tier coffee), the application layer (health insurance where everything is paid for, liberal vacations, family-friendly policies, reasonable work hours), the presentation layer (clean and pragmatic programming practices, pushing decisions down to the team, hiring smart people and letting them get things done, and a commitment to inclusion and professional development), and mostly, the human layer, where no matter what we do, it’s guided first and foremost by obsession over being fair, humane, kind, and treating each other like family.
It’s impossible to not be inspired by a statement like that. Fog Creek is killing it with kindness. We can too.