A Different, Better Firm

As Ultranauts, we believe our differences make us better together. The diversity of human minds can be a powerful asset in any industry, and our differences can propel us forward to better ideas, better teams, better organizations, and a better world.

– Ultranauts Co-founders

Company

Founded by two MIT engineers, Ultranauts Inc. (formerly Ultra Testing) is on a mission to demonstrate that neurodiversity is a competitive advantage for business. To achieve our mission, we’re building a world-class quality engineering firm that delivers superior value for our customers, and designing a Universal Workplace that embraces diversity and serves as a replicable blueprint for other employers.

In 2013, we built the world’s first fully remote workplace for cognitively diverse teams, and today, we have colleagues working in 30 states across the U.S. More than 75% of our professionals across the company are neurodivergent, and 100% of Ultranauts believe our differences make us better together.

As a leader in software and data quality engineering services, Ultranauts has established a track record of partnering with both large enterprises and hyper-growth startups across a wide range of industries. Whenever our teams have been benchmarked vs. global consulting firms, we’ve delivered measurably superior results in terms of improving software and data quality, reducing business risk, and freeing up internal engineering, analytics and data science teams.

Named a Fast Company World Changing Idea, Interbrand Breakthrough Brand and MIT Solve Challenge Winner, Ultranauts is reimagining how a company hires talent, manages teams and develops careers to empower our teams to perform at their best.

75%
of us are
neurodivergent, the
majority are autistic

100%
believe our
differences make us
better together

Universal Workplace

Traditional HR policies, management practices, and approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion, tend to focus on the needs of some groups but not others, which is wholly inadequate for a group as diverse as Ultranauts. Our team represents a wide range of information processing models, learning styles, problem solving approaches, communication preferences, lived experiences, strengths, and challenges, and our needs can’t be met through group-centric initiatives or individual accommodations.

As a result, what has emerged at Ultranauts is a work environment that is intentionally designed to be inclusive of everyone. When each of us can leverage our unique strengths and collaborate effectively with colleagues who are different, we achieve greater results together than any of us could on our own.

This is what we call a Universal Workplace.

Inclusion by Design

To design a work environment that leverages the power of our differences as an asset and creates the conditions for us to thrive together, we need workplace policies and practices that reflect our mission and operationalize our values.

75%
of us are
neurodivergent, the
majority are autistic

A Different, Better Firm

As Ultranauts, we believe our differences make us better together. The diversity of human minds can be a powerful asset in any industry, and our differences can propel us forward to better ideas, better teams, better organizations, and a better world.

– Ultranauts Co-founders

100%
believe our
differences make us
better together

Company

Founded by two MIT engineers, Ultranauts Inc. (formerly Ultra Testing) is on a mission to demonstrate that neurodiversity is a competitive advantage for business. To achieve our mission, we’re building a world-class quality engineering firm that delivers superior value for our customers, and designing a Universal Workplace that embraces diversity and serves as a replicable blueprint for other employers.

In 2013, we built the world’s first fully remote workplace for cognitively diverse teams, and today, we have colleagues working in 30 states across the U.S. More than 75% of our professionals across the company are neurodivergent, and 100% of Ultranauts believe our differences make us better together.

As a leader in software and data quality engineering services, Ultranauts has established a track record of partnering with both large enterprises and hyper-growth startups across a wide range of industries. Whenever our teams have been benchmarked vs. global consulting firms, we’ve delivered measurably superior results in terms of improving software and data quality, reducing business risk, and freeing up internal engineering, analytics and data science teams.

Named a Fast Company World Changing Idea, Interbrand Breakthrough Brand and MIT Solve Challenge Winner, Ultranauts is reimagining how a company hires talent, manages teams and develops careers to empower our teams to perform at their best.

Inclusion by Design

To design a work environment that leverages the power of our differences as an asset and creates the conditions for us to thrive together, we need workplace policies and practices that reflect our mission and operationalize our values.

Universal Workplace

Traditional HR policies, management practices, and approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion, tend to focus on the needs of some groups but not others, which is wholly inadequate for a group as diverse as Ultranauts. Our team represents a wide range of information processing models, learning styles, problem solving approaches, communication preferences, lived experiences, strengths, and challenges, and our needs can’t be met through group-centric initiatives or individual accommodations.

As a result, what has emerged at Ultranauts is a work environment that is intentionally designed to be inclusive of everyone. When each of us can leverage our unique strengths and collaborate effectively with colleagues who are different, we achieve greater results together than any of us could on our own.

This is what we call a Universal Workplace.

What does a Universal Workplace look like?

Find out about the Management Principles that underpin our Universal Workplace and examples of how we’ve operationalized those principles at Ultranauts.

Ultranauts Team

As a team, we embrace human diversity in all its forms. 75% of Ultranauts are neurodivergent, the majority of our team members are Autistic. Many of us are ADHDers and Dyslexics, some of us are non-speaking and hard of hearing. We have more females than males, including on the leadership team. A third of us identify as LGBTQ+ and a fifth of our managers are Black.

Board

Art Schectman

Art Shectman 

Cofounder & President Ultranauts

Art Schectman

Betty Wu Adams

Co-Head, The Disability Investment Fund

Art Schectman

Eric Chapman

Managing Principal, Sustain VC

Art Schectman

Rajesh Anandan

Cofounder & CEO Ultranauts

Advisors

Art Schectman

Brian Jacobs

Founder Moai Capital and Emergence Capital

Art Schectman

Lisa Yang

Philanthropist and advocate

Art Schectman

Magnus Hedemark

Director of Private Cloud, Optum

Art Schectman

Marcia Scheiner

Founder and President, Integrate Advisors

Art Schectman

Matthew Marolda

Principal, True Bearing Ventures, Investor & Strategic Advisor

Art Schectman

Meena Srinivasan

Chief Financial Officer, Essential

Art Schectman

Michael Fieldhouse

Social Impact Practice Leader, DXC Technology

Art Schectman

Russ Hagey

Partner and Chief Talent Officer, Bain & Company