Inquiring minds want to know, what brought me to Duo? Sure, a solid product was one aspect of the equation (which Duo nailed!), but company culture was the key differentiator. Freshly minted with an Executive MBA from UC Berkeley (Haas School of Business), which supported my personal values of intellectual growth, ethical leadership, confidence without attitude and questioning the status quo, I knew that I wanted to be part of an organization where those were mirrored in the culture.
As part of the journey to find my career North Star, I had the opportunity to meet Duo’s leadership team. They spoke about the tenets of their culture consisting of engineering the business, learning together and being kinder than necessary. Honestly, I was a little skeptical. Did Jono use his Professor X power and read my mind? After more research and meeting with other members of the team, I felt it was the right move for me.
Was it all smoke and mirrors? I’ve been here for a month and quickly realized why Duo is so awesome: the people and culture. Everyone I’ve met radiates the company ideology.
Engineering the Business: There are beautiful opportunities each day for me to make the business better. I am self-empowered and given the freedom to question the status quo. In the immortal words of Vanilla Ice, “If there was a problem, yo, I’ll solve it.” Everyone at Duo thinks this way. It cultivates innovation and transforms ideas.
Learning Together: From the top down, the level of transparency within Duo is liberating. The emphasis on, “the team, the team, the team” is found in all venues (even at department-level kickoffs and offsites). Each person takes it upon themselves to be open and collaborative. There’s a wonderful sense of community. Additionally, there’s an overarching openness to the pursuit of personal and intellectual growth.
Being Kinder than Necessary: One of the first emails I got from Dug really cemented this. He wrote, “We must act with empathy and integrity every day.” As someone who chooses love over hate, this message was inspiring, especially in the current times. Each day I work with people who go beyond themselves. These are selfless acts that truly demonstrate why Duo is the most loved security company.
I’ve only scratched the surface and I’m already very thankful to be part of this team. I’m excited to write my next life chapter here at Duo and look forward to helping build more democratized security platforms.