We believe in building a product that works over smart sales strategies.
Software allows few people to have a large impact and that happens through a great product. We talk to our users every day, and they share their enthusiasm for Peergrade with us. This is what get us up in the morning. Peergrade is a tool for teachers and students that allows them to run peer feedback sessions. Students submit work and provide feedback to their peers - a process where students train critical thinking, giving feedback and learn to take ownership of their own learning. Peergrade started as a tool for a class we taught and we keep dogfooding our own product to ensure it stays relevant and great. In the end, we are our product.
In small teams, the most effective way to work is for people to have ownership over projects and features instead of over a certain part of the stack.
Everyone in Peergrade participates in ideation for new features, managing projects internally, building full features out from idea to production and on maintaining that feature continuously. Development projects have a project owner from the development team. That project owner is responsible for getting the project out and can pull on other people like designers, the CTO, marketing etc. for all the help they need.
Our last project in Peergrade was a complete overhaul for how institutions use Peergrade including new interfaces for administrators, sharing of content between teachers in institutions, purchasing of institutional plans and automatic setup of integrations with learning management systems. Felipe (one of our full-stack developers) was responsible for managing the project and took it from ideas and sketches to production within 4 weeks. Simon (co-founder and designer) helped design the new interfaces, Malthe (co-founder and CTO) helped ensure that all parts of the technical implementation were up to par and Jamie (another of our full-stack developers) took care of the payment part of the project.
Friends outside of work
One of the reasons we like to work in a small startup is that we can work with great people - not just because they are smart and extremely qualified, but also because they are great people. We have spent a lot of time together outside of work, for example when the entire team relocated to participate in Y Combinator in the summer of 2017 and lived together in a 3-bedroom for 3 months. Outside of work many people from the team coordinate different social events, but many people also meet on their own time to go concerts, trivia nights, parties and other activities. The last event was a dinner together at a good restaurant in Copenhagen, and the next two are watching the Eurovision Song Contest together and a trip to a local park in Copenhagen for a picnic. Everyone is always invited, most people participate but participation is not required.
We believe in feedback - in all forms.
We take feedback from our users through Intercom, Satismeter, and by meeting with them every week. People from our team regularly go and introduce new teachers to Peergrade at seminars, conferences and schedule meeting with instructors trying to implement Peergrade. We have monthly 1-on-1’s with everyone on the team and quarterly performance reviews. We try to have a very open feedback culture where everyone can bring up any request to anyone. The only way to avoid group-thinking is to really push each other’s ideas all the time. After each round of 1-on-1’s we change 2-3 things about the way we work on average, from better scheduling of holidays, new sprint structures to finding career mentors for employees.
Impressive team members
In order for us to stay small and have large impact, we need impressive people on the team. To give an example, we can highlight Tony the latest person to the developer team. Tony has worked at a few startups before Peergrade, including another YC company. He has contributed to more than 100 open source projects and authored a book on tmux (The Tao of tmux). We believe more in great ambition than in a great CV, and value intelligent people with ideas. If you are really good at what you are doing, why should you come work at Peergrade? We would love to work with you, learn from what you know and help support you in shaping our product, our culture, our vision and our company. You would get a lot of freedom, we will never bug you down with any bureaucratic tasks and we would focus all of our effort on making you as effective as possible.
Committed to personal growth
At the core of Peergrade is a belief that the best way to learn is through mentorship, feedback, and by teaching others.
We incorporate a lot of opportunities for collaboration, code review and you will work very closely with the other members of the team. We always try to push developers with harder challenges and couple it with support from our CTO and others on the team. Through our performance reviews and 1-on-1’s we keep track of your growth and help you get to where you want to be, both in the short term and the long term. Not everyone wants to or is supposed to become management, so we try to accommodate for independent contributors too. The most important person for defining the growth trajectory of your career is yourself, and we are there to support you.
We push to product 5-10 times each day. We test things with our users (teachers and students) and we would always prefer pushing something in half the time over perfection since we know that most things we decide to build will be wrong. We can change strategy when needed, and there are no barriers to good ideas and confident ambitions.
Eats lunch together
We have a healthy catered lunch in the office every day (also allowing for vegan / vegetarian options).
Lunch is the time of the day where we can relax and talk about non-work related things. We have a private office in a co-working space, so there is always life around us. At least once a month there is an event in the co-working space that some people from our team participate in.
What we offer
- A position where you can grow, learn and get a large and tight network within the startup ecosystem of Denmark.
- A position where you can have a lot of ownership of your projects both in terms of responsibility and freedom to implement.
- Free lunch
- A flexible full-time position (40-ish hours/week), starting as soon as possible.
- A great office and inspiring work environment. We currently have our offices in Nørrebro
- Potentially a stake of equity in Peergrade