Team is Diverse
The diversity of our engineering and leadership teams allows us to empathize with our unique employee and client base.
Our Care Professionals come from countries all over the world, many are immigrants, and most of them are women. Our job is to support them with technology so they can be better at what they do – enabling older adults to age safely in their homes, where they want to be. In order to build the right technology for this diverse group of employees, we’ve built a product and engineering team that’s truly able to understand, translate, and innovate on care. Unlike a typical Silicon Valley company, we have backgrounds spanning healthcare, non-profits, government relations, social work, and technology. Women make up 30% of our engineering team and more than 60% of our company. Half of the executives on the leadership team are also women of color.
Bonded by Love for Product
Our mission to help older adults is our north star.
Home care, on the surface, may seem like something that’s not particularly exciting. However, if you take a few steps back and look at the global trends, the number of people reaching the age of 65 is exploding, and most nations don’t have a good solution for how to take care of them. We want to take care of our parents–and yours–as they age, and what we build affects their lives on a very personal level. We’re equally passionate about providing better working conditions for the Care Professionals that care for them. If helping people improve their quality of life is meaningful and fulfilling for you, then you’ll fit right in.
Happy, healthy, home, Honor. from Honor on Vimeo.
We have a strict pro-team rule.
Our product team is one that strives to strip away assumptions and biases, because none of us are care recipients or Care Professionals. Home care is crazy complex… a complicated, nuanced, emotional, messy, dirty set of technical and operational challenges. It’s unintuitive. We are constantly re-evaluating a lot of fundamental product-building assumptions because our industry is so unique. We believe in high-bandwidth communication, lots of collaboration, and ownership.
You need context to build great code.
When we started Honor, our engineering team was made up of the best people we knew from our previous companies, which also meant we brought on a lot of the best practices we learned from our previous experiences. We have to ship high quality code because people’s lives are on the line. It’s certainly a balance in being nimble as well, but we understand that everything we do has profound effects on operations (and the bigger we get, the more profound that gets). That’s why we implement good practices, code reviews, team discussions, and have deep conversations about architecture and tradeoffs. There’s a lot of communication around good code.
Eats Lunch Together
We share family-style lunches every day.
We provide lunch 3 days per week and commonly take trips out together when we don’t (particularly if it involves a visit to the local Blue Bottle Cafe). On any given day, our communal kitchen table sports homemade pie (particularly popular on 3/14), lemons from a backyard tree, or treats brought back from exotic trips. The generous spirit that fuels our product development also fuels our stomachs.
Founded in 2014, we’ve already become one of the biggest owned and operated home care businesses in the country.
We’re in multiple states and continue to scale quickly. But our growth can’t come at the expense of quality. Our clients and their families come to us in a time of need, and we need to provide them with the highest possible quality of care and communication. Despite our scale, we’ll always retain the software development tenets that we started with: iterative, fast-paced, and data-driven.
We were founded in 2014 in San Francisco. Below we proudly celebrate the opening of our new Austin office with an official ribbon cutting ceremony endorsed by Austin’s Chamber of Commerce!
Engages with Community
Our mission wouldn’t be possible without regularly sharing facetime with the community.
The engineering team and executive team members all help with outreach. We have multiple Hackbright mentors, regularly volunteer together to help the elderly community, and participate in panels and conferences. For example, we recently launched our own annual conference where industry experts can share their knowledge about the aging community. This year, SAGE/2019 featured speakers with unique perspectives in their fields (doctors, policy experts, business owners, technologists, and more) came together in one room to ideate on how we can advance care that maintains dignity for the aging population. The conference was completely sold out and an important step for us to continue being leaders in what we do. You can also see a list of upcoming events featuring Honor panelists here.
Impressive Team Members
Smart and humble.
The Honor team won the award for Best New Startup in 2016 by TechCrunch and our co-founders Seth Sternberg and Sandy Jen have valuable experience in the startup world – they previously founded instant-messaging service Meebo, which Google acquired in 2012.
While a good portion of the engineering team (from the staff to senior level), have degrees from prestigious universities like Stanford and Berkeley, we are equally impressed by teammates who went to bootcamps and are self-taught. We’re conscious of the ratio between senior and junior engineers and want to make sure we hire people who are down-to-earth and well-rounded both professionally and personally.