Kinder is a startup
Kinder is a startup. Your salary (and all benefits) is paid from money from investors. You (and your teammates) are part of the solution to the problem we are trying to solve. Time lost or wasted is bad, because it doesn’t bring us closer to the goal: empowering people to discover giving in an effective and rewarding way! We need money to do so. Finding the right product-market fit (building freaking beautiful products which the whole world wants to use, creating an ecosystem that will bring the charitable sector into the 21st century) and becoming self-sustainable is crucial to reaching the end goal.
We tend to say to people (imagine a smile on our face): ‘Hey, but no pressure!’, and then we both start to laugh (or else it is awkward). Well let me say this once, loud and clear: we realise that there is pressure. It can be pretty intense. This is not a regular corporate day job, and that has its up- and downsides. Example upside: we don’t care that much about where and when you work, which means flexibility. Example downside: you have to be able to regulate yourself, which can be hard.
There are a lot of product/business choices made because of this survival mode. Some you might like (a lot of freedom and responsibility in your work), some you might dislike (pressure on delivering results, for example).
Bottom line: survival mode results in a fast-paced, high-pressure, sometimes hectic/chaotic environment.
We trust you to keep this in mind along this rollercoaster ride called Kinder. We trust you to remind your colleagues about this when you feel like they forgot. We trust you to ask questions, always and to anyone. We trust you to spend the money and time you have here as if this were your own startup and you are the entrepreneur.