We come from a generation that’s just starting to do adult things like buy homes and cars, invest money, and start small businesses. Talking to people in our circles and drawing from our own experiences, we noticed that all of these processes involve a lot of paperwork, and that always meant disjointed forms, emailing PDFs, filling out the same information over and over again, and having to find some way to fax things when we’ve never used a fax machine in our professional lives.
We realized that paperwork gets a bad rap. What it does is actually amazing: we do paperwork to collect and process information so that we can achieve big things with the help of folks who know their stuff.
It’s got such a bad reputation because the process of collecting that information is so tedious and old-fashioned. Especially for those of us who use thoughtfully designed digital tools in every other area of our lives, it’s frustratingly difficult for a relatively straightforward task like paperwork to take so much time and effort. Plus, we noticed it’s not just us: the folks who collect and process our information spend needless hours doing data entry and manual follow up. It’s stunningly inefficient for everyone involved.
We’re building the better way.
It’s just as important to us to create a great place to work as it is to create an awesome product. We knew when we started Anvil that we wanted to be intentional about the work environment we create. Anvil should be a place where opinions are heard and decisions are respected. Where everyone works together, and pushes each other to achieve more as a team than we could individually.
We start from a place of respect, both for our colleagues, and for their experience and abilities. That means trust and autonomy, but it also means we don’t shy away from the tough conversations, and we actively overcommunicate to avoid confusion and political maneuvering. We have lots of ideas about how to build a world-class place to work, and we’re excited to find people who want to contribute their ideas, enthusiasm, and talent.