About Reserve

Company

Reserve is building a universal store of value.

We believe that everyone’s money should be secure. Billions of people around the world don't have a safe place to store their money. Banks can't be trusted, and governments inflate their own currency to pay off debts, hurting citizens in the process.

Our mission at Reserve is to change that. Reserve is a stable, decentralized currency that can’t be abused by a government. Reserve is globally distributed outside of anyone’s control, making it impossible to shut down.

Learn more about our team and our work at reserve.org.

Our email is [email protected]


Culture

We have a weird culture. You'll either love it or hate it. Here's a rough description of what it's like:

Truth-seeking

Decisions are made using reason and evidence, rather than deferral to authority or persuasive appeals. Members of our team are trying to understand how the world works and act from this understanding to make our currency work. Each team member is expected to bring curiosity and epistemic rigor to the table. We like to hire people who crave the truth, even if they occasionally get "nerd-sniped." We think this type of approach is crucial for any project this big; we have an enormous responsibility to get this right, and we have an enormous economic incentive to do so quickly.

Straightforwardness

Team members are straightforwardly driven to build the first cryptocurrency that gets used like real money. This sounds trite, but it's experientially quite different than, say, a group that is participating in an edgy startup narrative, or a group that is "trying to get into crypto." The result of this cultural setup is remarkably low amounts of politicking compared to most companies since you don't need to question a fellow team-member's motives. Our cultural straightforwardness has wide-ranging consequences. When it makes sense to give harsh direct feedback to one another, we do so. (It’s preferable to not beat around the bush.) When it makes sense to relax, joke around, or take naps, we do so. (It’s silly to pretend to work hard when one needs to recover.) When it makes sense for senior team members to temporarily pass off management duties and do grunt work, they do so. (We respect one another, so there’s little need to maintain status-signaling.) And so on.

Intrinsic motivation

Team members are intrinsically motivated and energized by their contribution – whether it's solving fundamental economic puzzles, translating complex incentive systems into code, growing our network of partners to attack the problem together, or preparing Reserve to improve the lives of people in inflationary economies. Basically, no one treats our work like a day job. This leads to high trust.

These are the most important bits, but other adjective-phrases that describe our team might be:

  • Casual (yet somehow also very intense)
  • Hustle-y
  • Jovial
  • Chaotic (in the way that young startups are)
  • Respecting of individuality

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