How do you make your company stand out among the others?
The main effect of this is fierce competition for talent. We try to make sure that prospective hires understand why Blend is such a great opportunity, especially relative to what else is currently out there.
Unlike a lot of other companies, we're solving an extremely meaningful and important problem -- allowing people to get home loans efficiently, securely, and accurately, while allowing lenders to make fast, regulatory-compliant, and well-informed / intelligent decisions on loans. In aggregate, better lending decisions may prevent another financial crisis like the one in 2008. So we feel a strong sense of purpose in our work. It's also a huge and complex market, and we've really just begun to make our way into it.
On the engineering side, we've maintained a very high bar for technical talent and work in a rigorous, iterative, and experimental fashion that great software engineers tend to find satisfying. Thanks to a robust release process, features often go live to all of our users the same day they're completed. The team is held to a high standard in terms of quality and productivity, so we provide a lot of motivation for individuals to continue to learn and improve. We also have a great product / design team focused on ensuring that engineers are putting their time to good use, building things that will provide value immediately and over a long period of time.