Building Remotely

Building Remotely

Welcome to Building Remotely! In each podcast episode, Sondre Rasch, CEO and Co-founder of SafetyWing, interviews remote founders and thought leaders to discover innovative and thought-provoking ways to successfully build a remote company. Through the series, we will explore a range of topics and ideas that will help you build, scale-up and accelerate your remote company and team success. Get original insights, tips and tools that leaders of the world's most successful remote companies are using today to succeed.

Episodes

June 28, 2022 28 min

Ally founded Juno after experiencing the lack of individualised employee benefits himself.

Together with him, we explored how you can offer dynamic benefits for a global remote team. 

Topics we discussed

  • The necessity of remote specific benefits
  • Mistakes most remote companies make when it comes to benefits 
  • An evaluation of SafetyWing's benefits
  • The most popular benefits on Juno
  • Why you should offer small benefits to your team
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    How can you communicate authentically in a remote team? 

    Elie Dagher is a successful leadership coach and has made it his mission to teach authentic communication strategies to business leaders and teams. In this episode, he shares how you can create a healthy communication culture and handle conflict in a remote team. 

    Topics we discussed: 

  • Training leadership in yourself and others
  • Defining authenticity
  • The power of non-violent commun...
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    After studying economics, Per Borgen switched careers to become a software developer in 2015. One year after taking part in a three-month Bootcamp he co-founded Scrimba - an interactive learning platform for aspiring developers. 

    In this episode, Per gives advice to people that want to start their career as a software engineer. 

    Topics we discussed:

  • How Per got started with coding, and how Scrimba grew from a side-project into a full ...
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    What are the possibilities of changing your citizenship as a remote worker?

    After being fully nomadic for years, Pieter Levels decided to relocate to Portugal. Many nomads and remote workers were interested in the process, so he founded Rebase - a relocation service for remote workers. Starting with immigration and tax services for Portugal, they are moving onto Mexico. 

    In this episode, he shares insights from his relocation proces...

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    Are your team's virtual meetings effective?

    For guidance on how to structure meetings to optimize for efficiency, genuine connection and motivation, we reached out to Jordan Husney, the founder and CEO of Parabol - an app for effective remote meetings.

    Find the full transcript here.

    Stay tuned for the next episode with Pieter Levels from Rebase on the migration of the new wave of remote workers. 

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    What are the characteristics of a good product?

    Job van der Voort refined this judgement - first as VP of Product at GitLab and now as founder and CEO of Remote.com.
    In this episode he is sharing how to create products people love as well as building and scaling an excellent product team.

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    Have you tried organizing in-person gatherings for your remote team?

    Sam Laliberte has a great formula for organizing both virtual and in-person team gatherings that prioritize genuine connections and conversations, with a focus on making it accessible and fun for all attendees.

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    How can we tell more engaging stories?

    In this episode, we discuss the nuances of storytelling and its role in modern society with the Emmy-nominated television host and storyteller Jason Silva.

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    How can you revolutionize institutions that have been set in stone for centuries?

    We spoke to Jeremy Nixon, the CEO of Omni, an organization with the goal of bringing about a new set of institutions.

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    How to do customer research remotely?

    Karen Mangia, the VP of Customer and Market Insights at Salesforce shares how they talk with customers remotely and how to conduct customer research.

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    What exactly does a Head of Remote do?

    Chase Warrington, the Head of Remote at Doist talked to us about this role and how remote companies can benefit from it.

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    We talked to Sondre Rasch, the CEO of SafetyWing and our usual host for this podcast, about why he decided to build remote first, the YC application process, and building from scratch without relying on outdated traditional government structures.

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    How do you raise money as a remote company?

    Together with Yoeri Dassen from 7Percent Ventures, we are diving into different stages of fundraising, how to evaluate your startup and negotiate with VCs remotely. 

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    How can asynchronous work simplify remote collaboration?

    Together with Adam Nathan, the founder and CEO of Almanac, we discussed the benefits and challenges of asynchronous work, how to reduce meetings as a manager, and the art of switching your focus from inputs to outputs. 

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    How can you connect with your team as a remote leader?

    We spoke to Sarah Hawley, the founder and CEO of Growmotely about asynchronous leadership, creating alignment in a remote team and leading with integrity. 

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    How can you create a feeling of belonging among new team members?

    Nicole Vasquez, the Co-Founder and Chief People Officer of Deskpass took us through the remote onboarding process that has allowed her to effectively scale the company since 2015.

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    Most of us know how to approach a traditional job search. But how does this process differ in a remote environment? How do you do well in a remote job interview? And what jobs can actually be done remotely (spoiler alert: more than you think)?

    Kevin from We Work Remotely draws lessons from his own career as well as from his experience in leading the largest remote work community and provides advice on finding a job remotely, making ...

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    How do you approach your marketing strategies? With an empirical mindset, or a fully data-driven hypothesis?

    Irina Papuc from Galactic Fed talks about a balance between extensive data research in marketing and a deep understanding of human behavior and current culture. She also explains the importance of SEO and how their remote agency scaled in the last 3 years. 

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    What did life look like for the early digital nomads? Who were the pioneers that helped shape this movement of location-independence, before it was mainstream?

    Together with WIRED Co-Founder, author and photographer Kevin Kelly, we have the opportunity to hear about his experiences since the start of his nomadic journey almost 50 years ago. He gives advice for young digital nomads and his predictions for how remote work will affect ...

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    How can we make our teams feel more like... a team?

    Michael Alexis, the CEO of Team Building is helping other companies optimize for happiness, and shares the characteristics of an engaging team-building experience, influences that enhance or reduce employee happiness, and the mindset that helps him stay mission-focused as a (remote) business owner.

    Find the full transcript here.

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