Working Through A Pandemic
At this point, I think the world is in agreement that global pandemics are terrible. Even with the advantages of already working as a fully remote company, folks at Tighten still struggle with the realities of working through isolation, finding...
Reasons for Gratitude
2020 has been described as many things–unprecedented, a year like no other, a dumpster fire, a train wreck. It has indeed been a challenging year, for many reasons. Rather than rehashing those challenges, I asked my favorite team to share some of...
The Laravel Community Gathers to Provide Conference Scholarships
Late last year, Tighten founders Matt Stauffer and Dan Sheetz were planning how they could contribute positively to the Laravel community. They made a pledge: Tighten would sponsor ten guests to attend Laracon US, and they'd focus on inviting folks...
Making Space for Brain Stuff
At Tighten, we want to bring our best selves to work, so that we can bring our best work to our team and clients. In order to do that consistently, we make time and space to care for our brains as well as our bodies.
So Long, 2019
Tighten will be closed from Monday, December 23rd 2019 through Wednesday, January 1st 2020 to celebrate the end of year holidays with family and friends. As we close out 2019, we took a little time to celebrate and reflect on team...
Developing Community and Culture
Team culture and a sense of community can develop naturally in physical offices, but remote companies like Tighten must build them deliberately. Here are some ways we foster a positive culture based on our shared values.
Tighten @ Laracon 2018: a Recap
July 25 and 26 were big days for the Laravel community as we came together in Chicago for Laracon US 2018 at the Museum of Science and Industry. We had a lot of fun putting together the Laracon Visitor’s Guide and sponsoring a code challenge....
Countdown to Laracon 2018
Team Tighten is pretty excited for this year’s Laracon! We’re looking forward to welcoming the Laravel development community to Chicago, where our company headquarters and three members of our team are located. We’ve prepped a few things...
Caffeine Fiends: Part 2
Awhile back, we shared how our team does coffee. We’ve grown a lot since then, both in people and the variety of our setups. What hasn't changed,...
Announcing Tighten's Laracon 2018 Grant
Tighten has sent a contingent to Laracon US for the last four years, and we've loved the opportunities and relationships that have come from our time there. We've tried to give back with talks, sponsorships, fun events, and more. But this year, we...
Look for the Helpers
At Tighten, we value kindness, compassion, and empathy, and our hearts are heavy as we continue to see and hear stories from Puerto Rico. How can we help? What can we do?
On Being New to Tighten
Today, you get to meet two newish members of the team at Tighten: Caleb, Developer; and Marje, Operations and Content Manager. They’ll be sharing thoughts on these things: What made you apply? What met your...

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