Commerce Kitchen Blog

The Joys of Working Parents

By Leslie James
March 25, 2015

After a couple months of maternity leave, I cautiously dipped my toes back into the working world at Commerce Kitchen earlier this month… Who am I kidding?! I let our my war cry and sprinted back to the office as fast as my feet could take me. Even though my daughter had only been waking up…

Building a Culture of Assistance

By Jen Martinez
February 24, 2015

Business is hard. It’s tough to build, tough to maintain, and tough to grow. And none of us can go it alone. This week, I saw some old friends, caught up with recent acquaintances, and made new connections. While I was spending time with all of these fantastic folks, I realized that I was hearing similar…

Employee Handbook Hilarity, and Other Lessons on Culture

By Jen Martinez
February 4, 2015

I recently rewrote the Commerce Kitchen employee handbook. It took a lot of research, many discussions with our company leadership and staff, and nearly a dozen separate writing sessions to finish it. Even after two years of working here, I still have much to learn about our business and people. Just like any organization, Commerce Kitchen…

Education in Tech: Why a Piece of Paper Doesn’t Really Mean Anything

By Eric Hainer

I live in a very interesting world filled with very educated individuals. Clearly, I’m in the tech industry. Most of my co-workers – past and present – have degrees, diplomas, certifications, etc. For the longest time, that actually really irked me because I have no formal education in web development – or anything else in that area for…

What Buffy Taught Me About Being a Young Woman in Tech

By Jen Martinez
December 15, 2014

There are certain leading ladies from pop culture and history who will always occupy that special place in my heart reserved for strong, intelligent, independent women who know how to kick some ass (figuratively or literally). Britain’s Queen Victoria, Disney’s Pocahontas, and Meryl Streep in basically everything she does are just a few of the ladies I’ve loved….

Parenthood and Prioritization

By Leslie James
December 2, 2014

At countless conferences in the past, I’ve heard women in executive leadership positions discuss how motherhood forced them to fundamentally reassess their careers and their individual management styles. Delegate more. Trust your team. Ask for help. Find balance. While all of those maxims ring true to a certain extent, for me, the biggest challenge of being…

Wedgies, and 4 Other Things I Can't Live Without Right Now

By Jen Martinez

Things have been changing here at Commerce Kitchen, and, consequently, my role has shifted as well. Like any lean, agile startup, we’ve been working on being more efficient. Getting there, however, has been a journey worthy of a fellowship carrying a shiny, precious little ring. That journey, however, has been greatly improved by the discovery of specific tools…