The last few weeks have been challenging for many of us. Workplaces have gone remote, uncertainty is high and the 24/7 news cycle is hard to switch off. It’s an experience that none of us have lived through, and it will undoubtedly change the face of our world and global economy.

At Charli, we’re fortunate to have an incredible team that has continued to make strides in product development. We’re also grateful to be at a place in our growth trajectory where we have been able to keep our team intact with no layoffs or changes to our roadmap.

Nevertheless, this experience has caused me to reflect on where we’re at, how we got here and where we’re going.

I wanted to share three values that have acted as a compass to me over the last several weeks:

1. Focus on Staying Healthy

The way I see it, as long as we’re healthy, everything is solvable. With that in mind, the health and safety of our team and their families continues to be our priority. We’ve been working remotely for several weeks now and — thanks to the unmatched dedication and collaborative spirit of our team — it’s going extremely well. Our team is strong and continues to work hard.

While this is a difficult time for all of us, our company is resilient. We’ll get to the other side of this with an even deeper sense of purpose of what Charli brings to our rapidly evolving, digitally enabled economy.

2. We Need to Innovate Now More than Ever

Right now, more than ever, we need breakthrough ideas and game-changing technology to solve the challenges facing our world. Startups are inherently positioned to provide these. They’ve changed the world many times over and will continue to do so.

At Charli, we’re remaining bullish on development. With the need for social distancing and remote work capabilities, we’re acutely aware of the unique value offered by Charli. Charli is a digital workplace product that enables people to do work from anywhere. It empowers remote work, flexibility and nimbleness — qualities that the coronavirus pandemic has proved are even more important in our hyperconnected world.

With that in mind, we’re working aggressively towards our goals and we’ve achieved some major advances in new features that align with the new reality.

3. Put People First

At Charli, we believe in product-led growth and that puts users at the centre of everything we do. We’ve always put people first, and now is no exception — especially as we’re reminded of our humanity and interconnectivity.

At this time, we’re also reminded of how many people have brought Charli to where it is today. Thank you to our incredible team. Thank you to our investors. And thank you to those who have signed up to be our beta users. We look forward to bringing Charli to a larger customer base, so we can positively impact more people’s lives.

Last but not least, I want to extend my deep gratitude to the frontline workers in our communities who are bearing the brunt of the coronavirus response — the nurses, doctors, grocery store employees, delivery workers, and many others. It’s these people who are putting themselves at greater risk in order to protect others and keep essential services running.

We will get through this together.