The 4 Core Values That Have Landed Kahuna on the “Best Places to Work” List

By: Sesame Mish | March 8, 2017 | Kahuna


We are thrilled to announce that Kahuna has been named to the SF Business Times “Bay Area Best Places to Work” list for 2017. Many companies that make this list have a great culture and people that make it happen.

But what we believe gives Kahuna an (extra) special edge is that we don’t waver from what we believe in. We stand by our 4 core values:

1. We think 10x. (#think10x)

At Kahuna, we reject the status quo. Instead, we go right for the gold every time, thinking 10x and drumming up out-of-the-box ideas that will propel Kahuna to the next level. In teams, we promote a dynamic exchange of ideas and give everyone—no matter who you are—the platform to voice opinions. We aren’t scared to take (big) risks to see what happens, and if nothing else, learn from them. It’s this level of ambition that makes us eager to wake up in the morning and come back for more.

2. We hustle. (#hustle)

In any startup environment, people have to be flexible and switch gears at the drop of a hat. Here, it’s no different—but we go the extra mile by combining this flexibility with hustle. We have a bias for action and move with energy and velocity in all that we do. As our CEO Sameer Patel regularly says, we aim to stay “fired up” day in and day out and are seriously invested in achieving our goals, both large and small.

3. We speak up. (#speakup)

At Kahuna, we are very open and don’t hold back; in essence, we speak up! We aim to challenge each other and readily play “devil’s advocate” in order to get each other to dig deeper and self-reflect. We believe that in doing so, people learn, iterate, and feel compelled to push the envelope in their work, which strengthens the organization as a whole.

4. We keep it real. (#keepitreal)

Even though we’re super ambitious, we also don’t take ourselves too seriously. Hey, it’s important to keep it real. We recognize that the only way to keep a sustainable work engine running is to make time for play, too. We prioritize social activities and happy hours and schedule them into the calendar like any other meeting.

Another way we keep it real is by sharing our vulnerabilities and being empathetic towards others that do, too. It’s in these times that we’re open and willing to learn from each other and grow. And we seek out diverse points of view and listen to those who share them. This all ties back to our first core value, that we strive to think 10x and pull this level of thinking out of each other.

Final thoughts

This isn’t just talk. We are proactive in incorporating our 4 core values into all that we do. They’re introduced to new hires upon onboarding. They display on TV monitors throughout our office. When someone gets a promotion, managers vocalize which value the person exemplified. And when we give each other kudos on Slack, we reference the value’s corresponding hashtag as reinforcement. It’s in these efforts that we’re able to stay true to our values and ensure they’re more than just words.


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Author: Sesame Mish

Sesame Mish is Marketing Manager at Kahuna where she gets to find new ways to tell the Kahuna story and make it come to life. She holds an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.

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