As a prospective employee, startup opportunities can be hard to compare apples to apples. During my search, I talked to companies working in widely ranging spaces and with different needs to fill. All of these dimensions would influence what my day-to-day would look like and how and what I would learn-- and that's part of the fun!
Through the process of meeting lots of companies, there were 3 aspects that served as my "North star" and ultimately led me to choose Level.
People and culture
Knowing how much would change as a company grew, finding a great team was my top priority.
Through discussions with David, Dylan, and Connor during the interview process, I came away confident that the Level team was collaborative and could disagree respectfully. Two of Level's core values are to "Be courageous" and to "Be humble", and I saw these reflected in everyone's willingness to both go after hard questions and also be open to having their perspectives challenged. While the specific "hard questions" at any given time would change, I saw a lot of evidence that the Level team had a working style, grounded in the right values, that would serve us well during the inevitable moments when the going gets tough.
The other element of culture I prioritized was finding a team that would value and support each other's learning and growth. During the interview process, the Level team took an active interest in what I wanted to learn and accomplish and found ways that I could do those things at Level. These discussions gave me confidence that I would be able to continue charting my own path while at the company-- which I've since confirmed!
I'm inspired by Level's mission, to put people in charge of how they work, and its potential to improve lots of lives, by a lot.
In learning about Level and the space, it clicked that our financial system has not kept pace with the changing ways that people work. I'm excited about the opportunity to change paradigms and serve a large and growing portion of the workforce.
Reasons to believe
Startups tackle hard problems, at least some of which haven't been solved before, and the reality is that solving hard problems is hard.
Level's co-founders have deep domestic and international experience with financial services and credit. The whole Level team draws from experiences working at a range of leading companies, bringing best practices and diversity of thought. Level's core values set out a clear and principled vision for how Level will achieve its mission.
Looking at the experience and expertise of the Level team, I felt, "If anyone's going to figure it out, it'll be us."