Monthly Archives: February 2017

RealSelf kicks off book program with ‘The Upstarts’ about the new rules of Silicon Valley

What are the new rules when it comes to being successful in tech? This week, RealSelf staffers got a firsthand look with our new reading program RealSelf Reads and Brad Stone, author of the new book The Upstarts

As a veteran journalist covering Silicon Valley for Bloomberg news, Stone visited RealSelf to talk about his latest book and participated in a wide-ranging conversation about Airbnb and Uber, and how these groundbreaking companies are rewriting the rules of tech. He covered topics ranging from how to build a brand, to flying cars, and other emerging technologies.

Stone specifically talked about how both companies are ushering in a new era and redefining the way millions of people travel. He pointed out that neither Airbnb or Uber were the first to explore their markets — they just did it better than their predecessors. Both companies achieved success by finding and connecting with large audiences with needs and providing the best experiences to satisfy those needs.

“When you create an alternative that people love, and present them with new economic options where the options are very constrained, they’ll flock to your brand,” he said.

Why talk about Airbnb and Uber? As recent upstarts that have gone global, there are a few ways RealSelf can benefit from their playbooks.

Stone stressed the importance of building trust with your audience to succeed, adding that companies need to embrace that responsibility and “walk in their customers’ shoes” to understand what they really want.

As for flying cars? Stone had some good news for everyone commuting into the office.

“Everyone from West Seattle will be flying into work pretty soon.”

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RealSelf ranked No. 29 for top company culture by ‘Entrepreneur’

The workplace accolades keep coming. Entrepreneur magazine ranked RealSelf No. 29 on a list of large companies exhibiting the qualities of top company culture.

‘Entrepreneur’ March issue

Partnering with Culture IQ, software that helps improve company culture, Entrepreneur features The 2017 Top Company Cultures list, a comprehensive ranking of 153 U.S.-based businesses exhibiting high-performance cultures. Companies earned a place on the list based on 10 areas that predict top cultures: agility, collaboration, innovation, communication, support, wellness, work environment, responsibility, performance, and mission alignment.

“A high-performance culture leads not only to employee engagement, but also to measurable business results,” says Greg Besner, founder and CEO of CultureIQ. “These organizations show us that great companies start with great culture.”

RealSelf was ranked among 50 large companies with at least 100 employees. Small companies of 25-49 employees and medium companies with 50-99 employees were also ranked. The rankings were determined by employee surveys measuring the aforementioned 10 core components.

Creating and maintaining a strong company culture has been a priority at RealSelf since the company was founded. CEO Tom Seery said the company has worked to establish a culture where employees can be themselves, and work in an environment that makes them want to come back every day.

This is the third honor we’ve received for company culture in recent months. RealSelf was ranked No. 5 on Seattle Business Magazine’s Top Midsize Companies list. It was ranked No. 17 on Glassdoor’s 2017 Employees’ Choice Best Place to Work list.

Want to join one of Seattle’s best companies? We’re hiring!

RealSelf Learning: Owning Your Space

RealSelf employees practice their self-defense techniques.

This week we turned part of our office into a temporary dojo when we launched our new learning series with a self-defense class. Rachel and Jordan from Fighting Chance Seattle joined RealSelf for an afternoon to teach us about empowerment, awareness, and, ultimately, confidence.

The class started with a conversation about moments when some of us hadn’t felt confident in our safety and what we were hoping to get from the class. Jordan began by helping us understand why we should trust our intuition and built up to helping us practice feeling comfortable saying a simple and direct “No.”

“I believe in teaching you skills not only for an extreme situation but skills you can practice and build in your day-to-day experiences. Practice your firm ‘no’ with a telemarketer. Seriously! The more you practice, the easier it will be to clearly and directly say no when your intuition says you need to,” explained Jordan.

Fighting Chance Seattle demonstrates for RealSelf.

“Hearing out loud ‘Whatever your intuition is telling you: you’re right.’ was super cool!” said Kimberly Lund, RealSelf Office Manager.

Eventually, Jordan and Rachel moved to some training, both demoing some moves and letting us get some hands-on-pads practice. The bottom line? “Put something hard somewhere soft,” Jordan said as he pointed to his elbow and the base of his palm.

Special thanks to Fighting Chance Seattle for sharing their knowledge and expertise in an approachable, welcoming, and totally-not-scary format. For those interested in more, the Ballard dojo features a variety of martial arts classes and monthly self-defense workshops with a focus on empowerment and awareness.

The RealSelf Learning series will feature a different class, talk, or event every month that supports learning focused on personal and professional development to make us more confident in our daily lives.

Want to join our next class? We’re hiring!