Why should we always buy new, when there are millions of perfectly great items sitting idle all around us? 80% of things in our homes are used once per month or less. The average power drill sees 6 minutes of use in its entire lifetime. There's 3 billion ft² of self-storage space in the United States. That's, like, two San Franciscos of usable stuff—just sitting there. Yerdle is changing that. People on yerdle give away everything from kid’s clothes to kitchen tools and electronics. And we make it easier to get something re-used rather than buy new. We aim to replace 25% of new purchases with free, second-hand goods from others. In the process, we're helping people save money and encouraging manufacturers to make better products.
We're looking for people who are passionate about our vision and who want to use their skills to make the world a better place. With an "inventory of one" for each product, we will have some meaty engineering challenges ahead, especially around product discovery, logistics, and scaling.
We've been called 'unrepentant hippies'--and that's fine with us. This is a top-shelf engineering team building a great product in a fast-paced environment. We have developed deep trust and a lot of love as we've worked together. It's a close-knit team, we like to pair, and we teach each other every day. Here's a bit of background on our management team:
The day starts around 9am and we have a standup meeting at 10. We try to schedule any other meetings early or late in the day, so the middle of the day can be a great time to get the meat of the work done. Most people head out around 6pm, but some nights we work a little later. Though yerdle is a 24/7 marketplace and we all have responsibilities in keeping it running smoothly, we try to keep our weekends clear as a time for R&R.
We love our space, but it's not why any of us work here. Most of us use standing desks and have huge Apple displays, but you will setup your own nest how ever you wish. We love our light-filled space in San Francisco's Financial District. It's an open floor plan but we try to keep distraction at a minimum with "passive interruptions" via HipChat rather than tapping each other on the shoulder.