Getting to the Manifesto

We’ve just created our Hufsy Manifesto. It’s been a long way coming, and most of the statements in the manifesto are already internalised values for many of us.

Over the past year, we’ve scaled from being just my co-founder, Rafal, and I to soon having a headcount of 17 people. It’s a great experience to build a team and be in the trenches with passionate team members that have a common objective: to help startups with their finances.

But to build a team and scale your business isn’t without its challenges. It’s about finding the right people with the same passions, people who are driven and motivated by the same as Rafal and I. People who aren’t in it for the LinkedIn value of their title, a high salary, or just looking for any 9–5 gig regardless of who they’re working with and what they’re working on. This is about more. It’s about building a work environment that reflects our values and an environment we all enjoy being a part of.

While we’ve been growing, Rafal and I have tried to pass on our values to our new hires. We’ve made an effort to hire people who share our values and motivations. At the same time, we want team members that challenge us and the way we do things.

For us, the manifesto is a part of building our culture and our shared values. It’s a statement and it can’t stand alone. The manifesto is not a rulebook — it is a set of internalised values that should be expressed in everything we do. You should be able to see hints of it in everything from how we joke with, talk to and trust each other to how we enjoy having dinner together on a regular basis and grabbing a beer on Fridays.

Culture fit is important — especially in the early beginning. I’d rather hire people who fit our culture than hire a top performer who has all the right competencies but doesn’t share our values and beliefs. Our values cover work ethics and integrity, curiosity, playfulness, and taste, giving and getting feedback together, and learning from failure.

Our manifesto is a reflection of our relationship with our users and how we run our business. It articulates a broader philosophy around who we are, where we want to go, and what we believe in. It shows who we are as human beings. This is our manifesto and it will be evolving just as we evolve as a team and a company.

I’m curious to hear your thoughts on our manifesto and whether your company has a manifesto, too?