Zapier also pairs up employees for weekly “buddy chats” — the remote worker version of a water-cooler conversation — which have no set agenda and bring together teammates across the organization, said Foster.
“A lot of times people just talk about hobbies, families, whatever that kind of suits their interests,” he said.
There is one way in which Zapier sticks to traditional geographic norms. While the interview process is done remotely, all new hires are flown out to San Francisco once they start. There they meet the founders, their manager and a teammate, and get to know the company culture, said Foster.
“We call it Airb-n-onboarding because we often rent an Airbnb,” he said. “It provides a little bit more of a comfort level that first time you pop into Slack. These people aren’t total strangers, instead you’ve met a handful of them.”
Foster would not disclose the company’s financials since it is privately held, but said it has been profitable since 2014 and is growing. The company has been largely boot-strapped, though it did raise $1.3 million in seed funding from Bessemer Ventures and Y Combinator in 2012.