In the last couple of months, Apcera has launched initiatives to assess and take responsibility for our corporate footprint, including a greener office space and a focus social responsibility. As a team, we have volunteered with San Francisco organizations in the past and enjoyed working together to make a difference. After our last visit to Glide Memorial, many of my fellow Apcerians approached me with questions. “When can we volunteer next?” “What other organizations could we work with?” “Could we be doing more?”.
At Apcera, we try to make giving back to our community a team event. When our office building announced a toy drive last year, benefitting the San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program, I knew I could count on the participation of our team. We decided to divide the company into groups and announced Apcera’s 1st Annual Toy Drive. The Apcera Family is a competitive one and team rivalry led to an amazing 678 toys donated in 2015.
Here at Apcera, we care deeply about encouraging diversity in technology. We try to show our support through sponsorships, our hiring efforts and tech talks given by our senior leadership team. Our COO, Jan Plutzer was recently featured at the Atlassian Women in Tech Speaker Series where she spoke to women about how vital they are to the tech industry.
Editor’s Note: You may have heard of the acclaimed Apcerian, Martha Soto. She’s made her mark on all of us a thousand times over the past year. Martha is an expert in reviving the lost art of etiquette. She greets every employee or guest with a warm “good morning” or “good afternoon” and a smile. She always has fresh flowers on her desk. And, over the holidays, she motivated Team Apcera to be number one in toy donations.
I had the pleasure of speaking at the Atlassian Women in Tech Series. Here are some of my thoughts from that talk.
By far the most common question I get when interviewing candidates is "What is your favorite part about Apcera" and my answer is always the same: "the people"
I go on to explain that at Apcera, we encourage each other to run with our ideas. We celebrate our differences and know that doing so benefits our team, product and culture. I want to hire someone because they think differently and bring new ideas to the table, and encourage their peers to as well.
This week marks another significant milestone for Apcera, as we move to our new headquarters at 140 New Montgomery St. in San Francisco to accommodate the growth in our staff ranks, and ensure we have the space to continue expansion in the future. This new step for the company has caused me to reflect on how far we’ve come in just three years, and also look ahead to where we see Apcera going in the future.