Like many of you, I spent the weekend following the news on President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, which you can read more about here along with the full text here. While the White House continues to update details on the ban, our primary concern is to identify any Shutterstock employees or their families who may be impacted and to work with them to ensure their safety.
We are conferring with our immigration counsel to better understand the impact this has on our employees. The People Team is committed to making sure we have a full account of who might be impacted and offering assistance to those employees and their families. We are asking you to provide any information that may be useful in identifying and helping impacted employees, which the Shutterstock People Team will follow up on shortly. We appreciate your help in advance throughout this process.
Shutterstock has joined with a diverse and vibrant group of New York City tech companies to send a letter to President Trump to express our opposition to this ban that threatens those immigrants who are our current and future neighbors, employees, friends, colleagues, and customers. Shutterstock works with incredibly talented people from around the world, and we believe a diverse workforce is one of the things that makes our company great.
As we stated in the letter to President Trump, we should be doing everything in our power to attract talented people to the United States as well as those in need of a safe place to live. We are all immigrants and when we close the door to immigrants from certain countries, not to mention to refugees, we are telling all immigrants that they are not welcome here.
Lastly, another vital element of our country’s strength is our ability to peacefully protest and to vote. In the upcoming weeks, months, and years, I hope that we will all be vigilant in our efforts to find ways to express our views peacefully.
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TO: All Shutterstock Employees
It’s Sunday. The first Sunday of 2015 and I woke up excited to start a new year with the Shutterstock team.
We’re at an exciting crossroads in our journey as a company. While we have done a lot in the past decade, we still have a lot left to do. Shutterstock started in 2003 with a single small business; today we are several businesses all working together toward a larger mission that gets larger every year. We used to serve creatives with one asset; today we supply several creative assets and services. In the near future we will be a part of the entire workflow of a creative professional.
We have the entire Internet ahead of us – and it’s an exciting time to be a profitable public platform. We have a unique chance at something revolutionary here. The number of companies that have gotten to our point is very small.
Decade of success? Check.
Multi billion dollar valuation? Check.
Profitable & No Debt? Check.
Founder/Owner Operator? Check.
Ability to juggle several business units at once? Check.
Ability to both build and buy businesses? Check.
The drive to do more and more no matter what challenges we face? Check.
We are in an elite class – and we need to stay there. But it isn’t going to be easy. With more success comes more competition. With more success comes more people looking to take the leadership position. In the past couple of weeks I’ve had time to reflect on who we are, what we do, and where we are going. Nobody knows the future, but I can tell you a few things:
We can get bigger this year. But we have to keep our level of efficiency – and become even more efficient.
We can get stronger this year. And yes, we have to prioritize, but we have to continue to push ourselves to do more and more – and take on more than we think we can.
We can set ourselves up for another decade of success. To do this, we have to be the best and most efficient in everything we do.
We will continue to be the leader. But we need to push ourselves to think differently. What worked last month may not work today. We have to be open to change. We have to be ready to adapt.
I couldn’t be more excited to start a new year with all of you. See you tomorrow, the first Monday of 2015.