We received over 700 applications to the opening for a data analyst at Basecamp last Fall. There were a lot of qualified candidates, but in the end it was Jane Yang who bubbled to the top, and this month we were thrilled to welcome her to the team.
It’s probably not a big secret that we don’t hire often at Basecamp. In fact, we have zero open positions at the moment, and we’re still happy with our self-imposed hiring freeze too. So when we do hire someone, it’s kinda a big deal for us.
That’s also why we’ve put such a dedicated effort into attracting a much broader pool of applicants than we did in the early years of the company. When people of different backgrounds and perspectives work together, we make better decisions and better software.
Jane’s background for the last several years has been in the non-profit sector, doing strategy & research at One Acre Fund and analytics at IFF. She worked for many years in Nairobi, Kenya, but has now returned to the US. Before that, she worked at Deloitte Consulting and graduated from Princeton.
This is a perfect background for us as we’re getting more serious about charity at Basecamp recently. In addition to matching employee donations, we’re also working on a project inspired by Patagonia’s 1% for the Planet pledge. Jane brings a lot of experience from the non-profit world to give us another boost on that account.
Because, as we wrote in the job opening, running the numbers at Basecamp, as Jane will be doing, is not about squeezing every metric until it squeals more, more, MORE. Data informs us, educates us, but it does not run us. We make decisions at Basecamp on a much broader base than just “shareholder value”.
We already have enough. We’re not chasing exponential growth. There’s no quest to dominate, capture, or own everything and everyone. Data analysis is here to help us get better, wiser, kinder. Not greedier, not more extractive.
With all that: Welcome Jane!