For most of us here at Knack, remote work is more than just a facet of our company culture — it’s a lifestyle we feel lucky to take part in, one that we treasure and that’s become integral to how we operate. (That being said, we do get together twice a year to bond as a team, hash out big ideas, plan next steps, and compete to see who can drink the most coffee).Continue reading...
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We’re thrilled to introduce our newest Knacksters: Gavin and Jeremy!
Over the past couple months we have been busy making some additions to our dream team. We are so excited we wanted to shout it from the mountain tops, but we didn’t have a mountain handy so this blog post will have to do.
We also like to take sneaky interview screenshots. Along with bringing their unique skills and talents to the team, you can see that Knack is getting a nice upgrade in the beard department.
Back in July we hired Gavin, who hails from Richmond, VA. He joined the engineering team as a Junior Engineer and is eager to expand his skills into full-stack engineering. Fortunately, we have plenty of needs in this department.
Gavin comes from an art background and during his interview he showed off his screen printing skills. Little did he know that according to Knack lore, an official Knack hoodie was promised to the team years ago. Since there is still no sign of it, we may need to enlist Gavin to help make it happen.
Jeremy is from Eugene, Oregon and is our latest Senior Engineer. We’re always excited to add a Senior Engineer so this was a great addition to the Knack “building cool things with code” department.
Jeremy also plays fiddle in a Bluegrass band and will happily discuss theories comparing coding with playing music. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a live fiddle demo during our interview so we’ll have to save it for our future Knack talent show.
So a big welcome to Gavin and Jeremy! We are so excited to see all the great things you do at Knack!
A few weeks ago we had our 4th retreat in Salt Lake City, Utah. We caught up as a team, hashed out ideas in work sessions, and hosted our first “KnackCon” for our customers. Now that we have another successful retreat in the books, we wanted to share some of the highlights with you!
Team Knack! We are getting better at group pictures!
We also actually took individual pictures!
We couldn’t get enough of the sunset views.
Or the post sunset views, equally as beautiful.
Oh nothing to see here, just giant mountains and rainbows.
Retreats are always perfect for big picture strategy sessions. Some of us are paying more attention than others.
Success team making things successful on the front lawn.
We had such a great time visiting customers in Miami we decided to host our first “KnackCon” at our house with customers from the area. It was invaluable to hear more about how they use Knack and talk through what future updates might bring!
Retreats are perfect for the engineering team to go deep on challenging issues. This year’s focus was on database performance. Steve decided to join because we were being loud outside of his bedroom.
Exploring downtown SLC.
It wouldn’t be a Knack retreat without game night! It may have taken us longer to agree on what rules to play by than actually play the game. What does it say when the founders are picked last in playground-style team selections?
The front lawn was the perfect setting for a somersault race.
Somehow Lime-a-rita cheers have now become an official retreat thing.
Leaving our mark on Salt Lake City!
A few years from now when “KnackCon” is hosting thousands of users at a major convention center, we’ll look back at our 4th retreat in Salt Lake City as the humble starting point.
Organizing events for our customers is something we’ve always wanted to do more of. We had our first taste of how impactful these could be during a customer visit with the Miami Dolphins during our 3rd retreat.
When we noticed that quite a few Knack customers were located in the Utah area, we decided to set aside a night and invite them all to visit us at our retreat house for snacks, swag, and conversation. It was time for KnackCon to become a reality!Continue reading...
This month, we’re happy to announce the arrival of not one but TWO new Knacksters! Our team has grown exponentially over the past couple of years, but we’ve never had two additions in such a short span, and we’re very excited to hit the ground running with these folks.
Jessie and Craig during their interviews (we may have a habit of secretly snagging screenshots from time to time).
Jessie Tully is our newest Customer Success team member. She has a background in product consulting and is something of a data wizard. She works from her new home in Beacon, New York, though during her trial, she was living in Brooklyn less than two blocks away from me! During group interviews, it’s customary for candidates to give a short presentation on a topic of their choice. Jessie’s was about how she makes bread from scratch. We were all drooling during her slideshow and I’m still distraught that I wasn’t able to procure some before she relocated upstate. I haven’t given up hope, though.
Our second new Knackster is Craig Lafferty, a DevOps and systems engineer. Craig works from home in Wisconsin, adding vital representation to the Midwest Knackster contingent. Craig has a passion for maker spaces and democratizing more of the tools and knowledge to build things. His background is in corporate America, but we won’t hold that against him — it made him realize how much he missed the speed and agility of working with a small company.
We want to extend the warmest possible welcome to Jessie and Craig! We can’t wait to see what they bring to Knack. We know their contributions will make our product and our team even stronger, and if they also include homemade bread, that would be okay, too.
Here at Team Knack we really value our remote culture. In fact, we see it as more of a lifestyle choice than a working condition. Increased time with family and pets is a huge draw, and proximity to our refrigerators doesn’t hurt, either.
For Walk to Work Day 2017, we decided to quantify another positive byproduct of working remotely: shorter commutes. Some of us work a few steps away from where we sleep, while others (Steve) are overachievers who actually drive to a coworking space.
Differences aside, one thing is clear: none of us is likely to win a Fitbit challenge anytime soon.
Take a look at the breakdown below, and if you’re looking to shorten your own commute, be sure to check out our jobs page, since we’re always on the lookout for new Knacksters!Continue reading...
We returned from our third official Knack retreat a few weeks ago. It was an epic 6 days in Miami where we met 8 new team members, ate way too much food, and somehow got some great work in. Some of us are still recovering.
We're working on a full write-up, but thought we'd share a few images here in the meantime.Continue reading...
I recently returned to a backyard full of snow after having spent a great week in Puerto Rico at the first official Knack corporate retreat.
Along with getting to know our team and work together in person, it was also an apt time to reflect back on how we got there.
It wasn't that long ago where working together with a team of 9 in a beautiful setting would have seemed a bit like a fantasy. Not every startup explodes on the scene in a matter of months.
We've taken the “long way”, which made the retreat that much more gratifying.Continue reading...
We’re continuing to see tremendous growth here at Knack and we’re looking to add to our team to help take Knack to the next level.
You can view our available positions at our new jobs page here.
Although we’ve defined some specific positions, we’re much more interested in fit and culture. We’re not looking for hired-guns — we want team members to join our long-term vision and be invested in building something great!
To help spread the word we’re offering a free year of Knack to any referrals you send our way that we end up hiring. We know we’ll find the best candidates from our awesome customers who understand what Knack is all about.
Please spread the word to any talented techies you know who want to be a part of a great company building a great product!Continue reading...
Wow, what a start to 2014! We’ve seen a huge increase in activity lately and we wanted to share a little about this growth and what it means for Knack.
In the last 3 months we’ve seen a big increase in new customers, as our total customer count has more than doubled in that period!
We’re frequently getting more new customers in a day than we did for our entire first month.
We’ve also doubled our server capacity to keep up with all the new traffic. This includes re-structuring our architecture so it’s much easier to continue to add new servers whenever speeds get anything less than super snappy.
The Knack team just got bigger
Best of all, we’ve made our first hire!
Steve Palmer has joined the team and will be helping with both customer support and diving into some bigger projects.
Steve is from the same Central Pennyslvania area as Eric and has great experience with both operations and the start-up world. When he’s not knee-deep in Knack projects Steve is blogging about wine, consulting on social media, and mentoring other entrepreneurs.
We’ll be hearing more from Steve soon as he continues to get involved in all of Knack’s projects.
We’ve already told him that Knack customers are the best, so make sure you give him a friendly welcome!Continue reading...