Building unique traditions is a priority—starting with welcome gifts for new portfolio companies. The industry standard is a bottle of wine, but Aspect Ventures hands over a branded cornhole board. Of course, the team practices the fun environment they preach by taking regular outings that often involve bowling. After Hours at Aspect Labs also shakes things up—it’s a casual happy hour that follows networking and guest presentations.
Since the firm is a startup itself, each employee has tremendous opportunity to make a lasting impact. From hosting thought leadership seminars to proposing new ideas, team members get to build their own careers while enabling young companies to launch theirs. A flat hierarchy and mentorship model of leading pushes individuals to think for themselves—while circling back to unite around one team-wide goal.