Finding Our Happiness Manager: Fostering Community Inside Ridejoy

At this point, every startup knows how important it is to build a community. Ridejoy included: Margot is all over cultivating ours.

But cultivating intention and purpose among our thousands of users isn’t our only community-building effort; we’re also building a strong community within Ridejoy, the company. We think of our growing team as a family (minus the crazy uncle).

And now we’re affirming our intention to build a great company culture by bringing onboard Camille. She emailed us out of the blue a couple months ago at 10PM, explaining her ideas on community and Ridejoy. Margot was so impressed by it she called Camille that night while driving home, just to chat. (We don’t usually work that late, but it happens.)

Check out the awesome email she sent us below. Curious about what’s next? Read the next entry by Camille on her role, and Ridejoy family dinners!

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Miike Snow, Lana Del Rey and other Coachella Artists We Like

We know many folks in the Ridejoy community are into music festivals and given that the mother of music festivals (Coachella) is right around the corner, we felt like this would be a great time to share videos from some artists we like.

The Shins


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Roadtrippin’ Stories: The Hippie Outfit

Here at Ridejoy, we’re a team of certified story junkies. (Seriously! We’ve got certificates and everything!)

As such, we’ve been collecting stories from you about your most memorable roadtrips and storing them in our Ridejoy Story Vault for safekeeping.

This one, submitted by user Brandon B., came hand in hand with a picture.

Roadtrippin’ Story #1: The Hippie Outfit

The most memorable roadtrip of mine was 2 summers ago, when a friend and I ventured north on the 101/1 destined for Seattle.

Following a minor-ish dispute with a land owner and the subsequent pursuit of Oregon authorities, we changed our route (fled) through backroads towards the 5.  In the midst of our escape, we found a tiny town with a even tinier Thrift store wherein I found the attached hippie outfit for… $1.

Across the street was a wild cat sanctuary, which ended up being the best touristy thing we’d ever seen and the town delivered 3 additional Thrift stores.  At that point we decided to stop at every “Thrift” sign for the rest of the voyage.

Our car came back full of awesome.

What a trip! Thanks for sharing, Brandon and please keep rocking those funky threads.

P.S. Doesn’t this photo just blow your mind? His expression is joy, pure and simple. Also, is it any coincidence that he seems to be radiating light? He’s positively glowing! (Which just goes to show the skincare benefits of a good roadtrip.)

If you’re hankering for more stories of hitting the open road, check out our Ridejoy Stories video (featuring similarly amazing users!)

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Stories from Ridejoy Users [Video]

At the heart of Ridejoy is a wonderful community of friendly people. We asked some of our users to share their experiences using Ridejoy and tell us why they like sharing rides. Here’s what they told us.

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Best Resume Ever: How to Woo a Startup

This story, like all incredibly successful hiring stories, includes bad puns, elaborate presentation-proposals and one of the cutest kittens you’ll ever see. No, seriously, you’ve never seen a résumé like this one.

The backstory: After posting our Community Manager position last October, we received a ton of applicants, including the one and only Margot.

Like everyone else, she sent us her résumé and a cover letter with five ideas about developing the Ridejoy community. But then she went the extra mile and wooed us with the pitch above. This was our reaction:

We replied that same night and asked how she was going to top that in person. She mentioned something about a critically acclaimed one-woman pyrotechnics show.

After an interview, followed by a solid weekend of working together, we discovered Margot was the real deal. We made her an offer, so of course, we had to reciprocate with our own explanation of why she should join Ridejoy:

A bit over the top? Maybe a tad. But we get across how much we care. You can read more about how we think about hiring and culture at Ridejoy, or follow Margot on Twitter.

P.S. No, we don’t spend most of our time at Ridejoy making elaborate presentation-proposals. But if this made you feel like you’d want to work here (and only slightly disgusted), talk to us.

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