Build your career at Airtable
What Airtable makes: A part-spreadsheet, part-database tool that allows business users to create powerful collaborative applications and workflows.
Coatue, Caffeinated Capital, Benchmark, CRV, Thrive Capital
Reasons to apply
1. Airtable is a great place to strengthen your first principles thinking.
People we talked with at Airtable noted that it’s a great place to grow in first principles thinking skills.
You’ll both ask and be asked many probing questions about what you or others are doing, and why. Airtable has a focus on getting to the bottom of why things are done a certain way, in order to find the most optimal long term solution.
Things won’t be done a certain way “just because.”
2. The amount customers love a product can be predictive of success. Airtable’s users literally write love letters.
Even in the early days of Airtable, the company would receive literal love letters from users. Talking about all the amazing things that Airtable has allowed them to do.
3. The Airtable mission is special: democratizing software creation.
Software is powerful for solving problems. But most people can’t program. Airtable is helping bring the benefits of being able to program to the masses.
Tools that give leverage to individuals are pretty amazing.
4. Tech team: Airtable is a great place to develop engineering skills and product skills.
There are lots of hard tech problems at Airtable because the product is so technical.
And, it’s a great place to get better at product development because there are lots of skilled product people at the company.
5. Sales team: Airtable is a great place to develop skills for consultative, high leverage sales.
Airtable has a unique type of sales. Consultative and high leverage. This means you can have deep impact on the companies you are selling to.
6. You’ll get lots of breakout-phase learnings, because the company is really transparent.
The company loves writing docs and is super transparent. This is great because it means if you’re eager to learn, you can go and read all of these docs to get a deep understanding of how the company works.
You’ll be able to learn about things like sales/go to market strategy, pricing, etc.
7. How to know if you might be a fit
For the sales team:
- If you have an interest in being truly consultative - a consultant to business transformation
- If you have interest in learning both the Airtable product and the client businesses deeply, and understanding what the job is that they’re “hiring” Airtable to solve
- If you care about your craft and are willing to invest in growth even when growth is hard
8. Next step
For the tech team:
- There’s an expectation of a certain level of self-sufficiency. Specs can be very general, which can mean talking to customers directly, talking to the product specialist team, researching other products, etc to figure out what to build. It can be an adjustment for those to not used to much empowerment.
- If you’re comfortable in a team-focused environment. Airtable writes a lot of docs, lots of people will comment and give feedback on your plans, etc. So you need to be comfortable working in the open with your plans. Non-siloed.
If you’d like more information, check out this page on Airtable’s engineering culture.
If this page was compelling to you, please apply. At least create the option for yourself! Get more information so that you can make an informed decision and not miss out on any highly promising options.
Good financial odds
Most pre-traction startups fail. And stagnant companies may be a long way away from an exit.
Breakout companies have a reasonably assured financial outcome - the question is more ‘how big’ and less ‘will there be an exit’.
Having a stock option payday can shift your trajectory for the rest of your life.
Get a win on your record
Startups that fail don’t look great on your record.
Having a breakout company on your resume instantly gives you a permanent source of credibility.
This reputational effect turns out to be beneficial in access to opportunities, funding and networks.
Promotion and experience opportunities
When companies are very early stage, or very late stage, or otherwise not growing, the opportunities are limited.
At a breakout company, there’s lots of stuff that needs doing and lots of opportunities for promotion.
Build lucrative skills, and take a shortcut to valuable experience.
Build a great network
At late stage companies, the core founding team is buried under layers of employees. And at pre-traction startups, the odds of failure limit your ability to build a good network. At larger public companies, the team members will be more risk averse and unambitious.
At a breakout company, the founding team will be accessible and can become part of your permanent tribe. Plus, once there’s an exit, there’ll be a large group of wealthy, smart, ambitious, skilled people that want to work with you.
So you’ll have great peers that will be with you for life, making it easier to join or found successful companies in the future and get access to hidden opportunities.