Our mission

Learn more about the Range team's mission and background

Our mission at Range Labs is simple: Help teams work better together.

We’ve worked at or with a number of top companies in the software industry. After researching dozens of teams at places like Airbnb, Dropbox, Lyft, and Google, we’ve found that healthy teams are easy to spot but hard to emulate.

Healthy teams have healthy habits:

  • Open communication
  • An operational cadence
  • Accountability
  • Psychological safety

These habits are easy to understand in principle, but hard to develop in practice. It’s just difficult to do the consistent work necessary to build new habits. This is where we believe software can help — providing reminders, reinforcing good processes, and reducing team managers' workload. We want to help teams build healthy habits.

As a team working to make work better for teams, we also strive to be subject-matter experts. We’ll read 60 books a year so you don’t have to, incorporating that knowledge into our products and sharing the best of what we find. Here’s a little bit about who we are:

Range's co-founders

Dan Pupius

Dan is the former head of engineering at Medium, where for 5 years he oversaw platform growth to over 60M monthly uniques and 600K stories published per month. Previously a Staff Software Engineer at Google, he worked on Google+ and Gmail, and co-created the Closure library. He has an MA in Industrial Design from Sheffield Hallam University, and a BSc in Artificial Intelligence from The University of Manchester. In past lives Dan raced snowboards, jumped out of planes, and lived in the jungle.

Braden Kowitz

Before joining Range, Braden founded the operational team at Google Ventures, where he advised startups on how to build products that customers love. Braden frequently speaks and writes about design, including co-authoring a New York Times best selling book: Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. Braden was an early designer at Google where he led the design of several new products including Google for Business, Google Spreadsheets, and Google Trends. He also co-led Gmail design for several years. When Braden’s not thinking about design, he’s probably thinking about backpacking.

Jen Dennard

Previous to Range, Jen led the organization design team at Medium, deploying custom software and trainings to implement a new organizational structure while the company scaled from 80 to 150 employees. Prior to Medium, Jen consulted with startups to foster and improve their workplace culture while scaling or pivoting. Jen lives in Denver with her husband and two cats, loves backpacking in the wilderness alone, and reading til all hours of the night.

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