Treehouse – Our Values

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We recently circulated a document here at Treehouse that sets out our values. Values are different than a mission statement in that they describe, not ‘what’ we want to achieve, but ‘how’ we achieve it. And in some cases how we ‘are’ as people. It’s a great list to double-check when we are hiring people.

Our Values

  1. Serve Our Students
  2. Only what our students need, only when they need it, only in the amount they need.

  3. Be More Fun Than School
  4. Life is too short to be serious all the time. We’re friendly, we like to laugh, and we think learning should be fun.

  5. Be Demanding
  6. We push each other, our partners, and our students to be amazing.

  7. Create Quality
  8. We take great pride in the experience we create and deliver for our students. Video production quality is high, Teaching methods are effective and the app is reliable and fast.

  9. Treasure Personal Time
  10. Life is beautiful. Family and friends are paramount. We work a four day work week and stay flexible because we’re all trying to create amazing lives for ourselves.

  11. Enjoy Change
  12. We look forward to changing and adapting to meet the needs of our students. Treehouse is going to look totally different five years from now and we actively pursue that.

  13. Open Doors
  14. Treehouse takes transparency very seriously. We are direct, unbiased, and clear communicators. Basically all information is public within the company, but we also understand that sometimes anonymity leads to more open communication. We’re as inclusive as possible. (Hence why we published this!)

  15. Humble and Hustle
  16. Never stop working hard or being nice. By doing so as individuals we are stronger as a team.

  17. We Own What We Do
  18. We have to take responsibility for our projects from start to finish. No one is supervising you or directing you. It’s all up to you!

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Ryan Carson

Ryan is the CEO and Founder of Treehouse an online technology school that teaches you how to code, how to start a business, how to make websites, iPhone/iPad apps and Android apps. Previously Ryan founded Carsonified (acquired 2011) and DropSend (acquired 2008). Ryan was born in 1977 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2000 with a degree in Computer Science. He then moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a bit of adventure and fun and ended up meeting Gillian, getting married and having two wonderful boys. He and his family now live in Portland Oregon. Feel free to follow him at @ryancarson or check out his blog at


6 comments on “Treehouse – Our Values

  1. These are values that raise the bar and that others (like me) can buy into! I’m loving what you’re doing, TeamTreehouse.

  2. The aura behind by these values has translated down through the lessons here at Treehouse, which is one of the many reasons why I have enjoyed learning these life-changing skills here, Mr. Carson.