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Open-Sourcing Company Culture at Artsy

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Oct 29, 2015 · 3 min read

Open-source isn’t open enough. The underlying philosophy behind the engineering model — universal access to one’s work in an effort to share, critique, and improve it — has the potential to inspire any team and transform any company culture. So, why limit open-source to just your code?

At Artsy, we encourage our teams to think about openness by default. By promoting openness, we mitigate fear of judgment and embrace our mistakes as positive experiences to learn from and share with others. The Artsy Engineering Team leads by example through their aggressive promotion of open-source, but we believe universal access should be a universal model.

The Benefits of Open-Sourcing Company Learnings

1. ONLY MAKE MISTAKES ONCE

2. THE BEST WAY TO LEARN IS TO TEACH

Ash explains, “there’s never going to be someone more qualified to write [or talk] about your experience of learning something new than you in that moment.” Map out your path of understanding from the initial problem to the final solution. By retracing your steps, you will not only make it easier for other team members to absorb this knowledge, but you will also identify shortcuts for learning, mistakes to avoid, and opportunities for improvement.

3. PUBLISH YOUR LEARNINGS TO MINIMIZE REPETITION

**To be clear, we advocate for openness by default, not by demand. Some information — compensation, performance reviews, detailed company financials — deserves to be kept confidential and should not be shared internally or externally. By thinking about openness by default, however, you foster a positive company culture where employees feel more comfortable asking questions and providing feedback.

In Summary

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Sharing stories and learnings from inside Artsy, the online platform for discovering and collecting art.

Artsy Blog

Sharing news, stories, and learnings from inside Artsy, the online resource for learning about and collecting art. Visit us at artsy.net

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Written by

Artsy

Sharing stories and learnings from inside Artsy, the online platform for discovering and collecting art.

Artsy Blog

Sharing news, stories, and learnings from inside Artsy, the online resource for learning about and collecting art. Visit us at artsy.net

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