Back in early 2018, the Medinas co-founders sat down and put together a set of values that we wanted to embody as a company. Every quarter the three founders will sit down and give ourselves a letter grade on how we were doing with each value, and it was a really effective tool for us to keep us accountable to our commitment. It’s nearly two years later, and we have a much larger team, so we decided it was time to take a fresh look at our company values and refine them into who we want to be as a company moving forward.
1. We seek the truth.
This remains our number one value because we feel it encapsulates everything we do, from finding the best candidate to figuring out what feature to build. We try to focus on the truth so that we can make the right calls instead of giving in to ego or agenda.
2. Be frugal, but not stingy.
Spend what you need to do the job right, but avoid extravagances. Whether it’s investor money or profit, we don’t believe in unnecessary excess.
3. When it seems impossible, find another way.
Startups aren’t easy, and when you’re trailblazing a new path or working in a difficult industry like healthcare, it’s easy to get discouraged. We believe that there is always another way to get something done, and giving up isn’t an option.
4. Know the mission, know your metric, prioritize.
It’s easy to do work that feels productive, but doesn’t move the needle. When every team member knows their mission, how it fits into the bigger picture, and how to quantify its impact, they can focus on work that makes the biggest difference. At the end of the day, focus and execution are key.
5. We don’t make excuses.
It’s easy to make excuses when you’ve been pushing a rock uphill all day. But at the end of the day, success is doing the things you don’t want to do, and we’ve committed to holding ourselves 100% accountable for the results we reap.
6. No job is beneath us.
We want to foster a service-based culture within our company. Sometimes that means doing unpleasant tasks that ensure everyone else is unblocked. From writing code to taking out the trash, we do what it takes to make sure we’re always moving forward.
7. Don’t be a jerk.
We believe you can be innovative, analytical, and efficient, without being a jerk. We focus on hiring high-performers who don’t need to make other people feel shitty to prove their prowess.