Our mission is to fight pay gaps

Our mission is to empower everyone to ask for the salary and benefits they deserve.

Join us as we aim to close pay gaps for women, under-represented minorities, and non-traditional candidates.

We're excited for you to join our mission!

A letter from our CEO

To the Riva family,

We built Riva with one belief: that everyone deserves the chance to make the most of their careers.

The job market has become a place rife with potential. Our unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in the last 50 years. Companies are searching for talent in unprecedented ways. This is a job seeker’s economy.

Employees are also contributing to companies bottom lines in ways never heard of before. Millennials have helped bring old companies into the digital age, have invented business models that have generated billions in revenues, have revolutionized the meaning of “impactful work.” Work that makes a positive difference to the world instead of focusing just on the bottom line.

Yet, companies continue to stick to the old ways of doing things. They continue to hide compensation information from their employees, they continue to “low-ball” on the first offer, they continue to ask for “salary expectations,” continue to not adjust compensation based on market-rate forcing employees to continually switch companies in order to get paid fairly.

Sometimes they need employees to step up and ask to change their practices. This is why we built Riva. So everyone can step up and ask for what they deserve.

We provide everything you need to make the ask, delivered straight to you within 24 hours so you can get back to what matters. Doing meaningful work and making a positive impact on the world.


Stephanie Young

Why a Harvard professor cofounded Riva

My name is David Lax, I am a former professor at Harvard Business School and cofounder at Riva. I’ve written several books on negotiations, advise on billions of dollars of transactions, and help with some of the biggest deals in the world.

Most job candidates have very little experience negotiating with employers and little to no training in negotiation. As a consequence, many are scared about negotiating at all (even though employers expect them to negotiate) and may not know how to manage the process in a way that makes a positive impression upon the prospective employer. I am delighted to be able to help all prospective employees do a better job both economically and in terms of positive relations with prospective employers.

Riva is especially meaningful to me because we have the real ability to impact change for women and minorities. My colleague and Riva advisor, Hannah Bowles' research shows that women who negotiate aggressively on their own behalf in the same manner that I do risk a backlash.

We incorporate research to help women avoid or neutralize potential negative responses while seeking the same economic offers as men. We want everyone to start their new job feeling great about their salary and their employer.


David Lax

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