Earlier this month, The Tech Tribune recognized CloudFactory as one of the 10 Best Tech Startups in Durham. The list of tech startups based in Durham, N.C., was the result of research on each company’s revenue potential, leadership team, brand and product traction, and competitive landscape.
We have a big mission at CloudFactory: to create meaningful work for people who don’t have access to economic opportunities. There are many other organizations that share our passion for assisting people with few resources, and some of them are right in the Durham, N.C. area. We wanted to give back to the community that is home to CloudFactory’s U.S. office, so we’ve partnered with a handful of these local organizations to lend a hand.
So I might be CloudFactory’s biggest fan, aside from our Founder and CEO Mark Sears, of course. And I love my job as global talent acquisition manager because I get to talk to people every day about our mission and the interesting work we are doing for technology innovators.
It’s great to get out of the office and bond with your co-workers. And why not do it 30 feet in the air, moving at about 40 miles per hour?
Every Monday morning, CloudFactory hosts team meetings in each of our locations around the world: the U.S., UK, Nepal, and Kenya. Last week, our founder and CEO, Mark Sears, joined us from the UK to share a special message: Every single worker is important to our mission and, while it doesn’t always make good business sense to stop to assist someone else in need, it pays off in the long run by creating stronger relationships with CloudFactory workers and the people in our communities.
As your startup grows, the one thing you can count on is change. You’ll likely have a larger workforce and a larger customer base. Many parts of your company will naturally evolve with growth. However, creating a clear and consistent company culture is one aspect that is hard for many growing companies to figure out as they scale.
One year ago on April 25th, 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and the very next day our team jumped into action. The people and families of CloudFactory were shaken to the core. Overnight our tech company had turned into a humanitarian aid center. On the second day, the team was on the phone contacting over 120 core staff and over 1400 cloud workers.
Saturday, April 25th, 11:56 AM NST, things got very rough. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake ripped through Nepal. The nation went into a state of panic and hyper vigilance that day, and stayed there for many weeks. I was no exception. 11:57 AM: when the shaking finally stopped I stepped out fearing the worst for my neighborhood. To my surprise, the damage was limited -- a few collapsed walls lay scattered on the ground, but most of the houses were still intact. Voices of men, women, and children began flooding the streets. Startled bodies were everywhere...frantically trying to call their loved ones.
On April 25th a massive earthquake struck Nepal, significantly impacting our employees, their families and their communities. As many of you know, CloudFactory has been on the ground since moments after the quake, locating our people, raising money, and providing relief to those most affected, all while keeping CloudFactory running for our customers who trust us with their mission critical work. It’s been a challenging and inspiring journey that has tested our people, our business model, and perhaps most importantly — our purpose.
The events of the last nine days have been anything but business as usual for CloudFactory. The ferocious earthquake that shocked the world also shook us to our core. This event and the days after it have brought agony and triumph, devastation and inspiration. Our first priority was accounting for our team members and cloud workers and assessing their immediate humanitarian needs. Our team leapt into action in a massive effort to locate over 1,300 team members in and around Kathmandu. We used every social media trick in the book and we're happy to say that everyone has been accounted for.