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Puja Interview with Digitale Leute - Translation

On in inside

Puja, as well as being our Developer Advocate, is also one of our Product Owners. He was recently interviewed by Digitale Leute about remote working at a meetup in Cologne. The original interview was in German, so for this post we’ve translated it to English. Product Development at Giant Swarm “Team Batman” is the product development team that Puja, as... Read More

First 100 Days as a Marketer in a Remote-First Cloud Services Startup IV

On in inside

Day 61 - 99 Settled In as Their Marketing Guy The Organizational Structure To repeat, Giant Swarm is a remote-first company and with that, has a remote-first culture and organizational structure. This offers a certain kind of flexibility and pace of work that someone fresh off the agency boat has to come to terms with. That doesn’t mean taking massive... Read More

First 100 Days as a Marketer in a Remote-First Cloud Services Startup II

On in inside

Day 1 - 30 Running into the Darkness at Full Speed After securing a position at Giant Swarm, I had about 2+ months before I started, which is unnerving because there are so many things to learn and do. But where even to begin? A deep breath and just follow the directions of your new colleagues. Equipment See, the equipment... Read More

First 100 Days as a Marketer in a Remote-First Cloud Services Startup I

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Day 908 The Marketing Guy For the past 12 years, I have been employed as a marketer. Starting off at a metro newspaper in NE Florida in 2006 and finding myself through all the different channels of marketing including owning my own digital marketing company as well as building marketing departments up from scratch. I like this stuff, I like... Read More

Let Me Introduce the Five Ts

On in inside

There are changes about at Giant Swarm and one of these is the fact that we are moving offices again. Interestingly the reason is not that we are adding three people, but that we are moving to a smaller office. Being a remote first company, we just don’t need such a big office. So on the same day that three... Read More

Giant Swarm is “Remote First” and I put it to the test

On in inside

When Giant Swarm hired me about a year ago I was totally overjoyed at the opportunity to work remotely. It presented me with a world of opportunity that until now I haven’t really taken full advantage of. At first I dipped my toe into the pool by working from random coffee places, and having an irregular working pattern. I’d split... Read More

The Best of Rhineland Finals

On in inside

Henning, Timo, and me have never been ones for startup competitions, especially those you need to pay for, and we still think a lot about the effort involved versus the potential benefit of such events. After the Cologne Future Award, another award recently appeared on the horizon, namely the Best of X, or more specifically the Best of Rhineland. The... Read More

Swarm Stories: Enterprise Architecture Management with leanIX

On in inside

Today we are talking with one of our users, that we got introduced to by their investor Capnamic. We like introductions by VCs that are not invested in Giant Swarm (yet), so we were happy to have a deeper discussion with leanIX about their needs. One of the points that brought us together is that the leanIX team had just... Read More

Cologne Future Award for Digital Transformation

On in inside

Last Tuesday we won the Cologne Future Award, which was given out the first time as part of a yearly meeting called “Kölner Impulse” held at the Rotonda Business Club, which since years discusses future trends in urbanism, „future work” or digitisation (program). It’s a gathering of the old guard of Cologne, meaning you are in a room with the... Read More

10 Insights of Doing International Recruiting

On in inside

Before I allow myself any TL;DR, I have to mention a very important aspect: This blogpost is, beside the topic hiring, about people, stereotypes, and things that makes you wonder and maybe smile when you have experienced recruiting in a more corporate context. I want to add that a) nobody should do recruiting without being truly interested in people and... Read More

Why I Joined a German Infrastructure Startup

On in inside

Late October of last year I was Germany for the first time since visiting as a teenager from Oklahoma over 30 years ago. The world has changed dramatically since, but Germany felt different…I’m not doing my feelings justice here…but the best way to put it, is that it felt oddly familiar and comfortable. The purpose of the trip was to... Read More

Interning - Building a Status Page for Microservice Clusters

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As Marian and Puja before me, I want to introduce myself. 25 years ago I was born in east Germany and moved to a small city near Cologne a few years later. After 3 years of training and one year as a full time media designer, I realised that I had to find a different profession, which would fit my... Read More

How Developer-Focussed Startups can Promote Transparency - Even in Legal

On in inside

Two of our core principles at Giant Swarm are being developer-focused and striving for transparency. Being developer-focused means we believe in the “empowerment of the developer” ( Peter Fenton of Benchmark Capital ) and “developer-focused startups” ( Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Venture Partners ). Innovation in technology is happening bottom-up. Developers start using the tools they love and companies will... Read More

Communications is About Conversations

On in inside

After Marian wrote the great story of how he became our UX guy, now it’s my turn to also introduce myself. I actually also joined Giant Swarm nearly two months ago, exactly one week after Marian. Before I tell you how I got here, let’s see where I come from. From Diverse Backgrounds to Startup Ecosystems I have quite a... Read More

How I Became Giant Swarm’s UX Guy

On in inside

At Giant Swarm, we’d like to make it a habit to write about every new team member that joins the initial seven folks. After Dennis, I’m new hire number two. I joined Giant Swarm in the end of September, more than a month ago. But before writing this blog post, I had to think a bit to come up with... Read More

How We Get Things Done - Productivity Stacks For Tech Startups

On in inside

Being and staying productive is not just a personal challenge but also a very relevant topic on a group and company level. This is also closely related to information and communication flows in the company. In technology startups it sometimes gets even worse, as they are usually running very fast and under a lot of pressure (e.g. launch dates, funding... Read More

Welcome Dennis Benkert to the Swarm from the Symfony Community

On in inside

We had just started talking about what Giant Swarm was supposed to be, involving Docker and CoreOS and other of the hip and coming tools out there, when Dennis Benkert approached us. He wanted in and continued to talk to us almost daily with ideas, questions, comments and learnings about our world. Sooner or later there was no way anymore... Read More

Transparent salaries – it’s not for breaking workspace taboos

On in inside

After lots of deliberation, we now have ‘transparent salaries’ internally that are based on a modified version of the one Buffer has. To sum it up: Nobody freaked out during the announcement; there will be challenges in the coming months with getting new people on board; continuous improvement being critical. Why we did it: We have all made our experiences with... Read More

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