5 Reasons Why You Definitely Want to Join Voiceflow (PS. They are hiring 🚀)
If you’re not familiar with the voice-tech space, you may not have heard of Voiceflow. But the Toronto and Silicon Valley-based startup is defining the entire voice-tech category with its 20-plus person team and millions in venture capital. The Voiceflow platform lets people create voice-enabled apps — think Google Home or Amazon Alexa — with little to no code. Over 60,000 people use Voiceflow to build custom voice apps, making it one of the largest voice platforms in the world.
When it comes to thinking about your next move in the startup space, Voiceflow needs to be on your list — here are five reasons why.
(PS: Already sold on Voiceflow? Check out available Voiceflow jobs on Bloom’s Job Board.)
1 — Voiceflow is community-first
Voiceflow engages with its power-user community of over 7,800 creators on a weekly basis and every team member talks to customers. So regardless of the role you have at Voiceflow, you’ll be working with innovators regularly from individual creators like Nate Munk, who has built over 30 voice-skills, to entrepreneurs like Paul Hickey, to senior leaders at major corporations like The New York Times.
Voiceflow creators build apps and skills for a wide variety of reasons, from entertainment to hard-hitting business challenges. So working at Voiceflow means not just creating for fun or only focusing on heady business topics, but a mix of experiences that have a significant second, third, and fourth-order impact on businesses around the world.
2 — You’re defining an entire industry
Voice tech is just getting started. With most popular consumer devices entering the market in 2017, there’s so much left to explore and define. As a result, people don’t really know what it will look like in the future. At Voiceflow, that means trying new things is not only encouraged, it’s the norm. Since the space is still maturing, creativity and crazy ideas are encouraged — they just might work.
On the flip side of this, failing is also ok at Voiceflow. Growth and experimentation is all about learning — and taking chances is part of the job, so can have confidence that you won’t be fired if your idea doesn’t work. In fact, you are more likely to get praised for giving it a shot than reprimanded for it not working. At Voiceflow, the point of trying new things is to see if they work. Of course you only want to try things that could help innovators in the voice space, but if it doesn’t work then you apply those learnings onto the next experiment.
3 — There’s top tier mentorship
All members of Voiceflow’s leadership team have either spent time in leadership roles at other growing startups or founded previous startups of their own (or both!). That means all employees get access to experienced leaders on a regular basis like co-founder Andrew Lawrence, head of product Rob Hayes, or head of growth Emily Lonetto. The team is tight-knit and cross-functional, so you don’t have to be in someone’s department to reach out for advice.
On top of a seasoned leadership team, Voiceflow has some of Silicon Valley’s smartest minds as investors and mentors. Top-tier funders like True Ventures and Ripple Ventures have put their faith in Voiceflow’s mission. And serial entrepreneurs like Hiten Shah and Brianne Kimmel try to make themselves available to all employees when the moment calls for it, so you’ll never be left alone to solve a major challenge.
4 — The company invests in remote culture
Voiceflow was an advocate for flexible and hybrid remote work pre-COVID, so the company has already invested (and continues to invest) in a remote culture. For employees, this means using the latest technology for remote collaboration, from staples like Slack and Zoom to new players like virtual whiteboarding platform Miro.
Beyond technology, culture investments at Voiceflow focus on people. It’s the simple things like real, human check-ins that aren’t just about work. Or team hangouts and experiences. This can be especially helpful if your previous role was all in-office pre-COVID, cause Voiceflow knows how to remotely onboard folks who have never worked remotely before.
5 — The team is transparent about the not-so-great
The Voiceflow team is aiming for big wins and taking big shots, and sometimes that means you miss a few. It’s all part of working in a growing space. To keep everything as balanced as possible while taking those big shots, the Voiceflow team focuses on being transparent about what works and what doesn’t. In fact, transparency isn’t just a value — it’s a part of the company’s growth strategy and is required from everyone, especially when experiments go wrong.
The other side of this honesty is a desire for balance. Voiceflow doesn’t seek chaos or enjoy being off balance. Sometimes it happens because of the nature of startups, but the team is always working their best to put things back in balance so everyone can focus on the work ahead, not putting out fires.
Build a career, define a category
Working at Voiceflow is a great individual opportunity, but there’s more to it. At the end of the day, you will be working to define the whole voice-tech category. Since Voiceflow is an app-building platform, not just a solo player, the customers you work with could very well be the next global tech superstars. You’re not just defining a category, but building the tools that will inspire a generation of innovators and creators, whether in web, mobile, or other industries. At Voiceflow, you get the opportunity to build the playbook for the voice ecosystem. And who doesn’t want that kind of impact from their day job?
One more thing — At Bloom, we support companies who aren’t ready for a full-time Head of Talent or HR but need the leadership on an interim basis. We do the nitty-gritty foundational work like implementing the best tech, tools and processes that are infused with your org’s values. Just looking to hire for some key roles? We can assess, attract and hire top talent for your key roles giving you a competitive edge in this tight talent market — If you’re looking to up your talent game but aren’t ready for a full-time hire, connect with our Founder, Avery!