When faced with a difficult question, mathematicians like to solve from first principles. Engineers get down to nuts and bolts. Most of us call it “going back to basics.” Letting go of assumptions and relying on fundamental concepts is a great way to find a clean, high quality solution to a difficult problem. As an engineer, I followed that approach in my work and as an entrepreneur, one of the first things the Nexla founding team did was to codify the core cultural values of our company. Those cultural values are our first principles, our nuts and bolts.