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· 6 min read
Jessie de Groot

Good design is good business

As a remote-first company, Weaviate gives its people the flexibility to work when and where they choose. We give every employee lots of autonomy and trust they will work in a way that suits their situation and needs, while also fulfilling the requirements of their position and supporting other team members.

· 3 min read
Svitlana Smolianova

Good design is good business

You’re reading this blog, not just looking at it. And most of the ideas in this post are conveyed in words. But admit it: The first thing that caught your eye was that cute drawing of the GoLang gopher holding a vacuum cleaner.

· 6 min read

The case for Product Engineering

At early-stage companies like Weaviate, teams are still small, so it’s often difficult to justify both a dedicated Product Manager and a formal engineering team lead. However, early-stage companies also set a high engineering tempo, so strategic product decisions can often only be made by someone with a strong technical background. That’s why in Weaviate case, a single person often takes the lead in both product and engineering decisions. This is not a compromise, it’s a strategic choice.

· 5 min read
Jessie de Groot

The entire Company will soon gather for the first time… in Italy!

Over the past six months, Weaviate has doubled in size; we’re now nearly 30 people. At this point, we have team members based in Europe, the U.S., South America, and Australia. Some colleagues who have been working closely on the same team for months have never met face-to-face. So, we’re super-excited that in a couple of weeks, we’ll all be in the same place, at the same time, for the first time. As a bonus, it’s in Italy!

· 6 min read
Byron Voorbach

Creating a remote-first Solution Engineering team

About me

I lead Weaviate’s Solution Engineering team. Right now, we’re only four people. Still, we combine a broad knowledge of different types of software, different domains, and applications, and we use that knowledge to help customers get the most out of Weaviate. We’re also responsible for running Weaviate in the cloud for customers who would like to have a managed service.

· 6 min read
Sebastian Witalec

Creating great talks

As Weaviate’s head of developer relations, my job is all about connecting with developers in our open-source community. That means going to events and taking every public speaking opportunity. And, since Weaviate is a remote-first company with employees on several continents, I’m also engaged in helping other team members to become effective advocates in their own far-flung developer communities. Not to unnecessarily typecast a diverse group, but many developers aren’t natural performers. All the more reason, then, to write this post.

· 4 min read
Jessie de Groot

On being a remote-first company

Weaviate has spent almost its entire life as a company in the pandemic and post-pandemic period (that is, if we dare assume that the days of major Covid disruptions are over!). For us, that was lucky timing. We were never forced to make a rushed transition from on-site to remote work; we were born remote-first.