Articles on Culture

Bhavna Devani

Bhavna Devani

C5 Labs: Vrogger

  For the last two weeks a few of us here at Carbon Five Santa Monica explored our latest love, Virtual Reality, by creating a game from scratch. We had a hard time limit of two weeks and our team was small. Just Bhavna, Sidney, Nicole, and Rudy working on a full game experience, with

Andrew Hao

Andrew Hao

The 10 Practices of Healthy Engineering Teams – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we introduced a high-performing engineering team at SuperStartupCorp that had automated repetitive tasks, codified its engineering practices, and adopted a learning mindset, resulting in happy engineers and happy stakeholders. Read on to learn more traits and practices that make this team so successful, and how they keep their bus

Francesca Darlington

Francesca Darlington

Dr. Smarty or How I learned to stop worrying and love the bot?

  Twice a year, all of the Carbon Five offices congregate for our company-wide Summit. One of the funnest parts of these all company trips is the Codeo, which we have been running for the last few years and they have become an integral part of our DNA. For those that don’t know, our Codeo

Andrew Hao

Andrew Hao

The 10 Practices of Healthy Engineering Teams – Part 1

Behold the engineering team at SuperStartupCorp: their steady delivery of features, humble reception of feedback and crafting of well-architected software systems earn them praise up and down the company. The team greatly enjoys working together, and consistently leaves the office feeling accomplished, empowered, and happy. How is this team able to consistently deliver features for

Audrey An

Audrey An

It’s a Mobile App Life (in China)

This week I returned from a 2-week trip through 4 cities in China. I was born there, spent a fair amount of time there growing up, and I also lived there for a year on a Fulbright fellowship after college. Today, I work as in San Francisco at Carbon Five as a product manager, helping

Jeremy Morony

Jeremy Morony

Establishing Culture? Get Outta Town!

As Carbon Five grows, we experiment with different ways to define, elaborate, and communicate our company culture. One thing we do is organize semi-annual retreats, we call them summits, that rotate between our two main offices in San Francisco and Santa Monica. These events are, first and foremost, about people. They are a way for

Andrew Hao

Andrew Hao

Creating the Dream Team: Transform Your Engineering Organization to Attract New Talent

It’s a common scenario for tech companies: Your hiring pipeline is dry and you can’t seem to attract new talent. You notice companies touting long lists of superficial benefits. Instead of improving your internal team, you find yourself worrying about getting a pro-grade ping pong table for the break room. You don’t need helicopter rides

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