Values at Our Core
The Nerdery’s core values are cornerstones that support our vision to be the best place in the world for Nerds to work.
“Give people vision and purpose instead of rules and regulations. Give people the freedom of being Co-President, armed with the picture of success, and I promise you’ll see a level of engagement like never before.” - Nerdery co-founder Mike Derheim, TEDx Talk
Constantly Push Boundaries
We ferociously reject the concept of “can’t,” and constantly push the barriers that are set in front of us. We don’t give up on technical problems or business challenges. We’re un-stumpable by choice, because we choose to have the fortitude and tenacity to continue with little regard to the odds. We persevere when others have given up and we take pride in our ability to never let a problem get the best of us. We have grit.
Win by Empowering People
We believe 100 percent of our success comes from the people on our team and their passionate engagement in their work. We believe in letting people succeed or fail by letting them try — we give them our trust and then stand behind their decisions. There is nothing as powerful in business or life as a person who is engaged in a mission and empowered to see it through.
Solve Problems Pragmatically
We believe the end is infinitely more important than the means, and strive to solve problems in the most logical and efficient way possible. We take a pragmatic approach, believing a logical solution to the problem is generally self-evident. We believe in being agile and applying common sense solutions to our challenges.
Integrity in All Circumstances
We believe no amount of success, profit or victory is worth compromising our integrity. We strive to do the right thing, every time. We take responsibility for the commitments we make to our customers and employees and believe it is our solemn obligation to follow through. We believe our word, whether explicit or implied, is more important than anything else.
We believe we will always have new challenges to tackle, and in all cases, the best ideas should be the ones that win regardless of the source. We are self aware and seek to transcend our weaknesses with the strengths of other people. We carry ourselves with quiet confidence and let the world develop its sense of us through our actions.
Culture Drives Impact
As we've grown and taken on more complex problems as an organization, we’ve made a firm commitment to stay true to who we are. And yes, our core values are posted on our walls throughout The Nerdery – but more importantly these core values are planted in our hearts and minds because they’re rooted in how we conduct ourselves as a company, and as Nerds.
“We've had, at our core, a set of values which have driven every major decision we have ever made. They were, and are, the very cornerstone upon which we have built this great company.” - Nerdery co-founder Mike Derheim, 9/10/12
The collective intelligence of individual Nerds is greater than the sum of its parts. We're real people connected through a desire to drive positive impact for our partners.