About workr
About

Our Goal Is To Capture, Organize, and Share the World's Startup Knowledge

We live in extraordinary times. Through the magic of Google, mobile phones, and a galaxy of websites, information has never been more plentiful or more widely accessible.

Yet, one very large and valuable type of information remains stubbornly difficult to dig out: professional knowledge. Professional Knowledge is useful information for performing a work task. It means a how-to, case study, best practice, script, checklist, or template needed to get your next task done quickly and well.

It's the detailed how-to for designing an Android game so it renders properly. It's the best lesson plan to use when you teach your 9th grade math class the Pythagorean theorem at 2 o'clock. It's the in-depth case study for performing the new heart valve repair procedure you heard about at the medical conference in Boston last week. Not knowledge for learning, but knowledge for doing. For every job on earth.

Today, we can discover this knowledge incidentally as flotsam on the sea of Twitter, or bundled with News on our favorite industry blogs, or as the result of laborious sifting through Google's search results. A few fortunate industries have high-quality homegrown solutions, like Stackoverflow for developers. Most industries have nothing. We'd like to change that.

We believe the most authoritative professional knowledge lives between the ears of those who have earned it the hard way: workers. Workr is a place for them to share what they know.

Kashi Tahir, Founder and CEO

Overview

Workr's mission is to capture, improve, and share the world's professional knowledge. Based in Mountain View, California, Workr is privately held and is backed by top-tier investors, including a former NFL team owner, the founder of one of the world's largest mutual funds companies, and one of the world's largest social impact investors. We are hiring!

Team

Kashi Tahir
Founder and CEO

Kashi Tahir is Co-Founder and CEO at Workr, a knowledge-sharing platform for professionals.

Before Workr, Kashi built Envictus, a social enterprise which used technology to help US high-schools increase the rate at which economically under-served students go to college. The team raised over $10 million dollars from strategic partners like USA Funds, Schwab Foundation, and the 3M Foundation, successfully worked with hundreds of schools and school systems in 27 states to improve their college and career readiness programs, developed a pioneering online learning environment (Navigation 101), achieved 30% jumps in college-going rates in key high-fidelity schools, and helped many awesome kids to go to college.

He has been featured in TIME magazine, the Washington Business Journal, and other publications. Kashi is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship (PPIA), and his work has been recognized by the BMW Foundation, Atlantik-Brucke, AIP, and others.

Kashi lives in Mountain View, California. He likes playing basketball, adventure trekking, folk music, and making things.

He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Daniel Malmer
Co-Founder and VPE

Dan is Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering at Workr, a knowledge-sharing platform for professionals.

Dan is a Silicon Valley veteran and serial entrepreneur, getting his start at Netscape in the mid-90's. He founded a consulting company which he ran for seven years, where his clients included AOL, eBay, PayPal, and Netflix.

Prior to Workr, Dan worked at Tango, One Kings Lane, and was Senior Director of Engineering at Simply Hired.

Dan holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MSCS from Stanford University.

Workr's mission is to capture, improve, and share the world's startup knowledge.
Who are you building Workr for?

Startup Founders Everywhere

What problem do you solve for them?
It's too hard to find
professional knowledge
What is "Professional Knowledge" anyway?
pro·fes·sion·al knowl·edge       |prə'feShənl||nälij|
noun

1. Actionable information formatted for the execution of a task

Can you give me examples?
  • Step by Steps
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Case Studies
  • Templates
  • Checklists

Why can't I just Google it?

A small amount

exists on the web

The vast majority

exists offline

Another large chunk

has never been
written down

How do you plan to solve this problem?
Crowd-sourcing.
Why are you building Workr?

We want to save entrepreneurs time and unleash their creative power.

How can I get involved?
Call Us
What We Believe

about Workr

Workers are heroes.

Workers did amazing things today. Like they do every day.
We build for Workers.

No worker should have to reinvent the wheel.

If one person out there has done this task already, why should you do it too?

More knowledge about your work lives outside your office than inside it.

The internet is a big place. There are more than 2 billion people on the web now. Thousands of people do exactly your job. Some of them know how to do the task you're doing right now, and can tell you just how to save time and look good while you do it.

The majority of professional knowledge is not on the internet.

It's stuck in some odd places. In your head. On curling yellow Post-its. In your old PowerPoints, which take 2 whole minutes to come up. On email. Taped to the wall above your desk. Even in your online calendar, when you're in a hurry. And that's just the stuff you wrote down.
Times 2 billion people.

Let's help each other.

If all of us shared a little bit of what we know about our work,
we could save each other loads of time, and do great things along the way.

about Entrepreneurship

Ideas matter.

"Ideas are worthless, execution is everything". Everyone's saying it.
We agree that execution is critical, but offer a friendly reminder to those who would throw out the idea with the bathwater:
Without ideas there would be no beginnings.
Long live ideas.

Lean Startup is a tool, not a religion.

Lean is to startups what power-tools are to carpentry -
more projects get done successfully.
But it has some unintended consequences, too.

Meaningful, not minimal.

Founders everywhere are focusing on ever smaller problems in the quest to be lean. By contrast, Silicon Valley has always been where people come together to shoot for the moon. Heck, it's what brought us here. We believe in working on projects that meaningfully push people forward, even if we fail in the attempt.

Build because you must, not because you can.

A gold-rush mentality is spreading. We see a lot more startups being built for the sake of building a startup. We don't believe in this way of doing business. We believe that the problem you are working on should captivate you, obsess you. We think this leads to better outcomes for everyone.

Perseverance > Pivoting.

For generations, we've been taught that perseverance is a good thing. Now, there seems to be a growing impulse among entrepreneurs and investors alike to find overnight success, and if it doesn't happen, to pivot. Our experience is that hard-problems take patience and creativity, in addition
to speedy execution.

Software needs a heart, not just a brain.

"You can't ask consumers to have an emotional connection to your company if you yourself aren't guided by emotions." - Glen Kelman, Redfin

About Life

Do things that matter.

"This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time"

- Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Work at workr
Work Here

Our Mission

We're on a mission to capture, improve, and share the world's professional knowledge. Join us.

5 Reasons To Work Here

  • You're Hungry To Work On Something Meaningful.

    If you want to work on something that will positively impact the lives of ordinary people all over the world, get in touch.

  • You Want To Ship To Millions Of Users.

    It's fun to build products that lots of people will use and appreciate. We're doing that.

  • You Like Solving Hard Technical Problems.

    You'll fit in at Workr if you gain real satisfaction solving problems that might confound other engineers, espcially when you have to teach yourself something new to do it.

  • You Want To Have A Real Voice.

    It's no fun to be a cog deep inside a giant machine. Having a real voice on big decisions sounds good to you, and you're unintimidated by the responsibility that goes along with it.

  • You're A Damn Good Engineer.

    Your focus is the user. You like simplicity. You think less code is better. You're happy moving rapidly up and down the software stack. You like working within a team because life is more fun when you share both the joy and the pain of a project with your peers.

Perks

  • Delicious snacks all day
  • Automatic paid vacation on your birthday
  • Free gym membership
  • Premium coffee
  • Casual dress code
  • Unlimited sick and vacation days. We don't count days.
  • Meaningful equity.
  • Directly contribute to the company vision.
  • $100 tab at the local sushi restaurant on your Workr anniversary
  • Existential joy

Positions Available

Software Engineer

What We Look For In Teammates

We're looking for people who care deeply about their craft as engineers, and who want to make technology that people love. We like smart, driven people with a sense of humor. We also like sushi.

Key Responsibilities

You will be a key voice in shaping products and shipping high-quality code that brings your ideas to life. The range of your work will be broad, and will include everything from hardcore backend work to user-facing features. Sharp generalists who are good at picking up different technologies will fit in well.

Minimum Requirements
  • Outstanding Engineering talent
  • A passion for learning to improve yourself and the people you work with
  • 3+ years backend dev experience (Ruby on Rails, Django, node.js, meteor, pylons, etc).
  • You've worked with frameworks and tools like Ember, Angular, Backbone, CoffeeScript, and Sass.
  • BS in Computer Science or Engineering, or equivalent hacking experience.
Extra Credit
  • Experience with Solr or related search technologies, machine learning, recommendation engines
  • A passion for building neat side projects.
  • Impressive contributions to the coding community.
Applying:

To apply, please send your resume, GitHub link, and links to the online project you're most proud of to [email protected]

What We Believe

about Workr

Workers are heroes.

Workers did amazing things today. Like they do every day.
We build for Workers.

No worker should have to reinvent the wheel.

If one person out there has done this task already, why should you do it too?

More knowledge about your work lives outside your office than inside it.

The internet is a big place. There are more than 2 billion people on the web now. Thousands of people do exactly your job. Some of them know how to do the task you're doing right now, and can tell you just how to save time and look good while you do it.

The majority of professional knowledge is not on the internet.

It's stuck in some odd places. In your head. On curling yellow Post-its. In your old PowerPoints, which take 2 whole minutes to come up. On email. Taped to the wall above your desk. Even in your online calendar, when you're in a hurry. And that's just the stuff you wrote down.
Times 2 billion people.

Let's help each other.

If all of us shared a little bit of what we know about our work,
we could save each other loads of time, and do great things along the way.

about Entrepreneurship

Ideas matter.

"Ideas are worthless, execution is everything". Everyone's saying it.
We agree that execution is critical, but offer a friendly reminder to those who would throw out the idea with the bathwater:
Without ideas there would be no beginnings.
Long live ideas.

Lean Startup is a tool, not a religion.

Lean is to startups what power-tools are to carpentry -
more projects get done successfully.
But it has some unintended consequences, too.

Meaningful, not minimal.

Founders everywhere are focusing on ever smaller problems in the quest to be lean. By contrast, Silicon Valley has always been where people come together to shoot for the moon. Heck, it's what brought us here. We believe in working on projects that meaningfully push people forward, even if we fail in the attempt.

Build because you must, not because you can.

A gold-rush mentality is spreading. We see a lot more startups being built for the sake of building a startup. We don't believe in this way of doing business. We believe that the problem you are working on should captivate you, obsess you. We think this leads to better outcomes for everyone.

Perseverance > Pivoting.

For generations, we've been taught that perseverance is a good thing. Now, there seems to be a growing impulse among entrepreneurs and investors alike to find overnight success, and if it doesn't happen, to pivot. Our experience is that hard-problems take patience and creativity, in addition
to speedy execution.

Software needs a heart, not just a brain.

"You can't ask consumers to have an emotional connection to your company if you yourself aren't guided by emotions." - Glen Kelman, Redfin

About Life

Do things that matter.

"This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time"

- Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

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