I’m in Tenerife, Spain with the entire Conversio team.
Obligatory working from a hammock photo. 😛
I work on the dev team at Conversio. The whole team works remotely and is spread out from California to the UK to South Africa, but every six months, we all go to a new location and spend some time in person. For March we went to Tenerife, Spain. (What part of the world we’ll go to in November for our next trip is still being decided)
What I love most about working at Conversio is that we’re family-first. This isn’t just a feel good line, it’s what everyone on the team believes. The importance of putting your family first before anything is emphasized and respected. The team itself also feels like a family, or a team of good friends all working together on something we’re excited about.
I’m crazy about the way we work at Conversio. Our founder, Adii (him and I above at dinner with the team) set up a way of working that focuses on doing deep work as opposed to the frantic meetings and pretend busyness of most startups. As a developer, I get to have meetings with the senior developers to help my learning, but I also get to have long periods of uninterrupted focus to code, debug and deepen my skills. Conversio gives me the space and time to work deeply and absolute freedom to make my own schedule. All of this makes me work better, and motivates me to work even harder.
Getting the chance to see a small bit of Spain has been amazing. It’s my first time here. I’ve gotten to swim, snorkel, hike, and explore new places. Being so far from home shakes me awake to how big the world is and how many different kinds of cultures there are. Being in Spain gives me a newfound fascination with its history. At the same time, being outside of the U.S. makes me so thankful I was born in America because of our language. English is the most popular language in the world. I’ve been in Spain and briefly in Amsterdam in the last few weeks, and in both places (and so many others) everyone speaks English. This is a huge benefit to me as it’s just generally easier to get around when my language is everywhere, yet before I didn’t realize this as much and didn’t have the appreciation I do now.