The List: Reverb
Monday, October 7, 2019
Posted by: Gary Hotze
I'm Molly Rudberg, Chief People Officer at Reverb—a leading website and app for buying and selling musical instruments that was recently acquired by Etsy. Reverb started in a small room above a drum shop in Roscoe Village in 2013, and since then, we've grown into a team of musicians and music lovers serving a passionate community of buyers and sellers all over the world!
There are plenty of perks that make Reverb a great place to work (hello, La Croix fridge!), but that's not what draws people to the company. Working at Reverb means working at the intersection of three exhilarating industries: music, tech, and eCommerce. It means coming to work each day to create and expand on tools, services, and campaigns that the musical instrument industry relies on for income, inspiration, and, of course, the perfect instrument. It also means that a "typical day" is anything but typical.
Here are five things you might experience if you could spend a day in the life of a Reverb employee:
1. Singing along as the head of engineering belts out "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys. Reverb's "battle of the bands" holiday party brings together dozens of bands comprised of employees from across the company. Team members perform songs ranging from Britney Spears and No Doubt to the Grateful Dead and the Jackson 5. Not a musician? Grab an egg shaker! 😗
2. Solving tech problems that make the world more musical. As an online marketplace, our job is to connect buyers and sellers over the perfect piece of music gear. Whether it's improving our search functionality, using machine learning to ensure products are categorized correctly, or something else—our tech team is continually thinking through new ways to serve both sides of the marketplace better. 🎵
3. Spending the lunch hour learning "How to Not Blow Up Your Guitar Amp." RevTalks (our take on TED Talks) is our continuing education series that brings together experts from inside and outside the company. Topics include everything from: "how to buy a synth" and "band instruments 101" to "how to be a leader at any level." 🎤
4. Helping kids learn and grow through music. A portion of every sale made on Reverb goes to Reverb Gives, which provides musical instruments to youth music programs all over the world. Team members get in on the fun, too—a group of employees from across every department recently completed an 8-week program with nonprofit Notes for Notes where they led sessions on everything from "How to be Performance-ready" to "Networking 101." 🙏
5. Sharing ownership of the product with the entire company. Everyone at Reverb—regardless of title or team—is not only encouraged, but expected to pitch ideas for new tools and services that will make our website and app better. This open-door policy leads to not only a team that feels connected to the product but also a better experience for our customers. 🙌