“Organic order is achieved when there is a perfect balance between the needs of the parts and the needs of the whole.”
Christopher Alexander

Our values

Everyone works to become a leader, practitioner, and learner.

Every individual in our company, from the founders to the most recent member of our team, is expected to become an industry-wide thought and practice leader in a discipline to the extent they can teach others within and outside the company about the practice. At the same time, the same individual is expected to work as a producing expert on analysis, designs, or development in a consulting engagement, venture, or an open source initiative. Finally, the same individual is expected to be learning something they are completely unfamiliar with, either by engaging in a formal course or degree, or by seeking a mentor within or outside the company.

We prefer working with people who play a long game.

It's often tempting to chase a fleeting opportunity and compromise our culture. We don't like tackling “low-hanging fruit” if it means compromising our objectives, and we prefer working with people who stick to their principles despite the promise of immediate bounty.

We're small and global by choice.

We operate in multiple locations around the world, each location containing no more than 8 people. We believe the best teams are small teams that are inter-cultural, and because we develop distributed, disruptive, and discontinuous solutions, we are a distributed, disruptive, and discontinuous organization by choice.

High-hanging fruit

Businesses today face unprecedented complexity in their markets and organisations. The majority of businesses ignore this complexity by reducing it to quick wins with low-hanging fruit, which neither differentiates them nor makes them competitive. We help exceptional and driven businesses identify, create, and sustain “high-hanging fruit” that makes their market-facing solutions differentiating and market-winning, while keeping their organisation highly reactive to change.

Portfolio

Embodied Making

Method
Embodied Making

Embodied Making is an agile sensemaking method, which uses stories, forces, solutions, and patterns to weave order.

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Pattern Deck

Product
Patterndeck

How can businesses transform themselves using patterns of change? Patterndeck is an evolving initiative cataloging such patterns.

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Coena

Product
Coena

Coena is a complete system for networks of small businesses working to buy and sell things together.

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Fruent

Product
Fruent

Fruent provides interaction tools for Shops and Consumers to build on their existing relationships.

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Business Elements

Product
Business Elements

Real-time business collaboration for Agile Teams.

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Rebound

Product
Rebound

Contact Management the way it should be.

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Deutsche Post

Consulting
DHL Deutsche Post

System Architecture and consulting services.

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GradGreenhouse

Project
GradGreenhouse

A smarter way for graduates to find the best company and grow the right career.

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WorkIsGaming

Project
Work is Gaming

Employees, suppliers and customers collaborate and communicate in a fun and intuitive way.

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Deutsche Telekom

Consulting
Deutsche Telecom

System Architecture for Product Lifecycle Management and Real-Time Telco.

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Randstad

Consulting
Randstad

Development and System Design for a global online recruitment portal.

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RIPE NCC

Consulting
RIPE NCC

Rewrite the WHOIS database of RIPE NCC, one of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).

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Talent wanted

business applications can be a lot better

Far too many business applications do little more than get data out of a database and show it on a screen using a cocktail of frameworks. We are inspired by smart systems and gaming technology to bring a unique experience to our business applications.

we learn from our mistakes and successes

We started Product Foundry because we wanted the space to explore what business software could be without restrictions. Innovation means we are going to make mistakes We don't want investment nannies on our coat-tails telling us what we can and can not do do. Rather, we try things out and work with the conviction that the only people we answer to are our peers. We are self-financed and proud of it. We don’t make decisions based on fear and keep an open mind to improve our work.

doing is harder than talking

There is too much social noise around technology. We want to work with people who get things working, rather talking or about it.

job titles don't matter

We don’t have self-promoting titles. In Product Foundry, it is no one’s job to watch others work. Trust is our operating principle, and we believe nothing generates trust like transparency, visibility and results.

compensation is fair and transparent

We don’t want to work somewhere where people worry about their income. Everyone is compensated fairly and benefits from product revenue. Every year we take our income, decide what to reinvest in the business, and share the remainder in an open structure with our team members.

we are a team

We believe everyone should care about all aspects of delivering a high quality product. Engineers care about user experience and marketing, marketeers about technology. We provide business consulting services with the same fervour that we build our software.

work is a place to enjoy

We learn early in our career that work is a place where you come to pretend. Pretend to be interested in things you are not or pretend to be someone you are not. Our work is something that occupies a big portion of our lives, so we respect everyone to be themselves.

we provide top-of-the-bill consulting

We have a distinct culture of our own, but we can’t exist in a vacuum. We love our corporate customers and learn with individuals that work with us within them. We regularly get hired to help make their development, design and management teams better by working as an integral part of their organization.

we love entrepreneurship

Being an independent engineer feels great and provides a solid income, but mostly involves consulting work. Realizing a product is hard. How do you assemble the right team without spending all your savings? What about legal? sales? marketing? We work with talent on all aspects of our own products, while offering a decent income. We have a formalized reward structure in which we share product revenue based on contribution, offering an alternative to complete independence.

Current opportunities

product leadership

We are searching for a content-oriented, socially-conscious, strategy-focused and market-driven Marketing Lead to develop and operate Fruent. Fruent is a social enterprise to rediscover the role of independent shops in our society. Initially focusing on European cities, the marketing lead is expected to develop and implement an international marketing strategy for Fruent.

attitude over experience

We expect a lot from each other in Product Foundry, and we prefer hiring for attitude over experience. With the right attitude and lack of experience, we believe people can continuously learn new things and become more skilled. With the right experience but a limited learning attitude, we believe people limit themselves to a narrow band of abilities. We're proud of our track record of giving individuals both the space and the constraints to grow so that they can demonstrably become skilled in their area of practice.

passionate and curious

We believe we need to change how we think about business applications. Very few people enjoy using them and most of them help limit business growth rather than help it flourish. We expect our Marketing Lead to have strong empathy with people and the situations they face.

excellent written and spoken communications

As the global language of business, we expect our Marketing Lead to be able to express themselves in both written and spoken English.

working independently with a strong team

We believe in practices that help empower each other. Sharing knowledge in a team is a good way of making sure that each member of the team is able to operate independently of each other when required. As we get new insights, contributing to common knowledge helps in growing and scaling that knowledge.

content focussed

We believe that people who think clearly also write and speak clearly. The best marketing campaigns are independent of trends and fads, and have a timeless quality.

self-motivated, learner, communicator

We work with people that are interested in working on the next challenge. We are global and distributed by choice which requires excellent written and spoken communication skills. You consider yourself a senior developer and are comfortable with what you can contribute. You have a demonstrable track-record of passionately creating beautiful software and you prefer working with peers although you have led development teams.

proficiency in multiple languages

We prefer individuals who have demonstrable knowledge in Scala, Java and Javascript, which we happen to use most, but are also open to individuals with demonstrable track records in other languages like Python, Ruby, C#, F# and Clojure.

demonstrable track-record, preferably on open source projects

We prefer individuals with an established track record in making business applications, and we prefer discussing technology and reviewing your code over your CV. If you regularly write about technology, send us a link to your website or publications.

dogma-free, results-driven

We enjoy working with people who question things to achieve results and apply processes only when they make sense.

engineers over technicians

It’s a subtle distinction, but an important one. You are willing to try out things no one has before and you are able to look beyond the “awe of implementation” to determine how to minimize complexity in the systems you develop. You’re not interested in copy-pasting code snippets, but working out why and how things should work.

front-end/back-end? excellence does not divide

We prefer working with Engineers who don’t distinguish between the back-end or front-end of things, and are able to get things working on both ends. Still, for this position we are looking for someone fluent in Javascript (ES6) and AngularJS. Phaser experience is a pre. We want to deliver a kick-ass experience for our new collaboration software and this is where we need you most.

solid understanding of web technology

We look for very strong and demonstrable knowledge of web security and protocols.

What we do

Agile Design

Agile Design

Create systems that embrace existing forces, shed non-essential and historical complexity, and empower those with an entrepreneurial spirit.

We operate from a deep conviction that today's business landscape needs profound change. We apply Embodied Making, the leading agile design method to effect this change. We work with clients ranging from large corporates to start-ups, entrepreneurs, and independent consultants who share our values. We help transform demand-supply driven project structures into product organizations where it's everyone's job to create, sustain, and re-create products, and no one's job to solely monitor and supervise others.

Kick-ass Projects

Kick-ass Projects

Why can't business applications be fun-to-use and well-built like some of the best games are?

There are online games that give real-time interactive experiences to a few hundred thousand online users, and somehow CRM or ERP applications are still struggling to create or change order-data for a few thousand users for greater expense and poorer efficiency.

We feel business applications need to be built in better ways, and we're proud to be part of that change. We offer development services for creating web and mobile products by balancing the needs of the market with leading technology. We are industry-leaders in developing real-time and reactive applications, and we are proud to have industry thought-leaders as our clients.

Product Development

Product Development

We use our own management consulting and product development practices to develop our own products.

Together with our implementation partners, we are currently working in innovations for sensemaking, telecommunications, retail, and logistics.

Management Consulting

Management Consulting

We offer management consulting services for Enterprise Transformation and Innovation using Embodied Making.

We prefer working as integral team members with the teams of our clients to co-create change. We actively work independent management consultants as an extended part of our organization.

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