Brogrammers Making Sex Jokes and Other Reasons Startups Need HR Departments

Photograph by Anthony Harvie

When I worked at a startup, we jokingly referred to our “HR department”—a cardboard box that held resumes, NDAs, tax forms, whatever. Perhaps not coincidentally, we also played beer pong and Texas Hold ‘Em in the office. Mostly that was part of the fun of working there, but when one of our developers lifted my Facebook log-in to post some jokey stuff on our site under my name, that cardboard box suddenly felt like a woefully inadequate advocate.

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