Be real, build trust.

Hey there. We're a content studio staffed by a tight-knit team of nerds, empaths, and former investigative journalists. We specialize in long-form writing that targets small, high-value audiences, like job candidates, B2B sales prospects, and your own team members, whether across the hall or across the globe.

Our approach is simple: We source the content we create through interviews with actual stakeholders, including members of the target audience itself. Our superpower is our ability to ask the right people great questions, coax out compelling stories, and craft content that feels intimate, relatable, and trustworthy—because it is.

Most of our clients are tech startups, VCs, and companies in STEM industries. We typically collaborate with a range of teams, including Comms, Talent, Engineering, Sales, and Marketing, and we're equally comfortable working with executives and folks on the front lines.

We’ve helped 90+ companies communicate with authenticity.

About you.

  • You have clear problems

    We don't do well with nebulous wants. Ideally, you need to fix something that's broken. Or you have an opportunity you're unable to seize alone. Or what exists today is embarrassing.
  • You value creative quality

    You subscribe to the idea that authentic, compelling content builds authentic, valuable relationships. You're excited to invest in a lasting advantage for your team and brand.
  • You need a stable partner

    Resources from other teams are scarce, and you need a dedicated partner to drive your ideas to completion at a pace that satisfies your deadlines and personal ambitions.

We're the folks you'll be seeing in Google Docs.

These fine folks execute.

Becca Pratt

"I’ve always said my spirit animal is a dolphin, just because I love the ocean. But if I think about it, I like being on land, too. So I think I’m actually a pelican or some kind of sea bird."
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Olivia Haas

Senior Creative Lead & Video Producer
"I can nab decent-to-excellent parking almost anywhere, anytime. Something just happens; I have this faith that a spot will materialize, and about 85 percent of the time, it does."
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Natasha Sunderland

Creative Lead & Project Manager
"Three friends and I took a month-long road trip through southern Africa and they told me the tiny Volkswagen Rabbit we were driving would be fine..."
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Christina Bryza

Senior Editor
"...There’s yoga, prayer, meditation, a green smoothie with lots of protein and fiber, and journaling — but not all of those things happen every day."
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Miki Johnson

"...That’s an important part of culture for me — that everyone feels comfortable voicing contrarian or unpopular views, and that disagreeing with someone is never a reason to disrespect them."
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Sandra Barry

Senior Writer & Editor
"You know that old meme, lawyer dog? That’s me. He’s a damn good attorney. He passed the bar! But he’s still a silly little corgi."
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Cydney Hayes

"I hate cilantro so much."
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These people work behind the scenes.

Jackson Solway

"I remember being in elementary school when the teacher would ask, “What’s your favorite animal?” We’d go around the room and it was all dogs and cats, and I would yell, “tapeworm!” "
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Nate Guggia

Account Manager
"A few years ago, I started a fresh smoothie delivery service and eventually created a shelf product that was accepted into Whole Foods stores in the Salt Lake City region."
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Jon Young

[Re: puka shell necklaces.] "...I don’t own one myself, but you gotta give zero Fs if you’re still sporting one of those bad boys. I feel very connected to people who aren’t shy about themselves."
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The values that bind us.

Ask good questions.

If you’re listening, and curious, and care about who you’re speaking with, you’ll ask good questions. All at once, good questions require selflessness—this isn’t about you—and confidence—good questions lead the way.

Know yourself. Trust your gut.

We recognize that all learning starts with self-knowledge. And there’s a lot to learn! We’re not afraid to hit pause and look around. To ask how we’re feeling and why. We are powerful only when we know and trust ourselves.

Lead by example.

We must be the change we seek in the world. Cliche, we know, but true. When we lead by example, all at once we demonstrate commitment, that our claims are achievable, and that we can be trusted.

Take the other side.

There’s no better way to clarify our thoughts—and build empathy—than to take another person’s position as our own. Whether the shoe fits, or not, we’ll gain confidence in our step.

Seek the truth.

The truth is hard to find, and often harder to hear. It’s worth defending, and often needs it. It's subject to change, but no bar is higher. We’ve all been on the wrong side, but that’s life. The trick is noticing.

Start from trust.

Life isn’t fair, but a life based in fear is a recipe for regret. We start from trust because trust opens doors. It helps us move quickly. Trust begets trust. Does trust backfire? Sure does. But better to try than to hide.

Action shots ;)

Jon stirs his tea at our workspace in the Mission in San Francisco.
Jonaki and Miki wander the Great Salt Lake while on a trip for a Utah-based client.
Jackson is armed and not remotely dangerous while on assignment for Eventbrite.
Miki maps the future of the bed.
Not a stock photo! This really happened out the office window.
Not every day is glorious. Here, the Bay Area crew meets in a team member’s garage.
Miki talks with a client while onsite at a Bay Area office.

A few kind words.

We’ve partnered with founders, team leaders, and content specialists at 90+ startups and enterprise companies.

“Our Job Portraits stories have been a great tool for getting team members to support recruiting. It makes it easy for us to ask for their help. My Facebook feed is full of people sharing the stories.”
Deniz Gültekin
Talent Brand @ Lever
“By Launch Day, everything was laid out for us. Jackson walked 50 team members through the steps in under an hour. It felt good to accomplish so much so quickly—by the end of that day we were on the map.”
Greg Russell
Head of Talent @ Snapdocs
“It was really easy to partner with Job Portraits. I was often swamped, but the team always kept me up to date and I knew I could rely on them to get things done on time.”
Ariel Jolo
Employer Branding Program Manager @ Medallia
“I’m especially proud of the video series we produced with Job Portraits — the videos were influential with candidates and energized our employee base, too.”
Clara Timpe
Talent Brant Manager @ Pinterest

Talk to us. We're here to help.

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Need to reach job candidates?

Our sister service, Job Portraits, offers a range of employer branding and recruitment marketing services that go beyond writing. If you need to hire 20 or more people in the next six months, head this-a-way.