The website HypeDocs helps you catalog your work wins

When Aashni Shah first confirmed as much as work at Sq. just a few years in the past, she was in tough psychological form.

Regardless of an extended record of accomplishments as a software program engineer, Shah says {that a} racist and sexist supervisor at her earlier job had ruined her confidence. She left that firm (which she prefers to not title) feeling like a failure and withdrawing as an individual.

Issues began to alter, nonetheless, when a colleague at Sq. launched her to the idea of a “hype doc”: a spot to jot down down and revisit her accomplishments. What started as a easy Google Doc was a spreadsheet, and what was as soon as a solitary effort turned a bunch exercise, through which Shah and her work associates would log and focus on their milestones collectively.

Aashni Shah [Photo: courtesy of HypeDocs]

“Beginning a hype doc gave me again that confidence that I wanted to start out constructing issues once more, and taking possession of the issues that I’ve been constructing,” Shah says.


Shah, who left Sq. in late 2019 and is now an unbiased product creator, has since turned the idea right into a website known as HypeDocs. For $10 per 30 days (with a two-month trial), HypeDocs sells self-esteem-as-a-service, letting individuals manage their accomplishments and get highlights delivered through e mail. Shah additionally sells a enterprise model that firms can provide to their staff, and can quickly launch public pages so customers can share their milestones with others.

Whereas HypeDocs is open to anybody, Shah says she constructed it with ladies and underrepresented individuals in thoughts, hoping they’ll use it to achieve confidence, keep away from imposter syndrome, and attempt towards getting extra raises and promotions.

“That’s the objective I wish to obtain . . . to assist ladies and underrepresented people discover their voice to allow them to get what they deserve,” she says.

Hype your self (when nobody else will)

The thought of logging your accomplishments over time is hardly new. Job recommendation professionals have long recommended making a “profession administration doc,” as an illustration, as a technique to maintain monitor of work expertise.

Nonetheless, the idea of a “hype doc” or “brag doc” appears to be gaining traction, particularly in tech circles. Marie Chatfield, previously a software program engineer at Sq., wrote about building a hype doc in early 2018. Software program developer Julia Evans extolled the virtues of the brag document (and supplied a template) in 2019. Final December, designer David Hoang referred to the hype doc because the “most necessary profession doc for your supervisor, your friends, and you.”

As Chatfield wrote, the objective of the hype doc is to not exaggerate your accomplishments however to effectively monitor the work that you would possibly use to justify a elevate or promotion. It’s additionally a technique to sharpen your mission and objectives, as Evans famous.

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HypeDocs is just placing a brand new layer of polish on the thought, making it simpler to prepare and rediscover these accomplishments. By way of the website, customers can file achievements into separate classes for work or hobbies, set overarching objectives for his or her achievements, and create a mission assertion for why they’re doing the work within the first place. HypeDocs then delivers little confidence-boosting reminders over e mail.


Regina Gerbeaux, the pinnacle of fellowship operations for the expertise accelerator On Deck, the place Shah turned a fellow after leaving Sq., says these reminders make an enormous distinction in comparison with retaining a static journal. (She additionally says utilizing HypeDocs helped her get promoted 3 times in 5 months at On Deck, the place she began as an intern.)

“It’s really easy on the finish of the day to overlook the stuff you did proper and simply concentrate on the stuff you obtained flawed,” Gerbeaux says. “Reminders are superb.”

Nicole Caba, founding father of the shifting help app Avvinue, says she was drawn to HypeDocs after relocating from New York to France. She had been submitting her achievements associated to the transfer in a Phrase doc, and stumbled upon HypeDocs in a thread about startups on Twitter. She rapidly turned an enthusiastic person.

“Encouraging constructive reinforcement is necessary in anybody’s life,” she says. “If you don’t have somebody who’s all the time giving that constructive reinforcement, that’s the place HypeDocs steps in.”

Spreading the hype round

Whereas HypeDocs initially launched as a instrument for people, currently Shah has began promoting it to companies. The enterprise model of HypeDocs consists of Slack integration and a dashboard for firms so as to add or take away workforce members; Shah additionally holds workshops for firms to assist them get extra out of the instrument.

The hope is that staff could have a better time speaking with managers who will not be paying shut consideration. Shah says that’s particularly necessary for girls and members of minority teams, who don’t get promoted as usually as they need to.

“We don’t get the flexibility or the visibility or the credit score for the work that we do. That makes us fairly upset and pissed off, and we’ll go away. Or we simply find yourself working ridiculous hours,” she says. “I wish to flip that narrative.”

However at the same time as enterprise use turns into an even bigger focus, HypeDocs continues to be including options for people. Shah is launching public HypeDocs subsequent week, letting customers share their accomplishments in the event that they choose into the characteristic. In a manner, she says, it’s “virtually like a extra customized LinkedIn.”

Not totally, although. In contrast to social networks—and a few worker performance-tracking instruments reminiscent of Karma—shared HypeDocs pages received’t have likes or feedback. Shah says she’s not thinking about that sort of system as a result of it in the end turns private {and professional} achievements right into a reputation contest.

“I don’t need you to concentrate on posting so you can get as many likes as you need,” she says. “This isn’t Instagram.”