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.

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May 11, 2021 32 min

Remote work should be a reality for everyone, no matter what country they live in.

 Tony Jamous was set on fixing the issues of hiring remotely by helping facilitate the connection of talent and opportunities on a global scale with Oyster, a distributed talent enablement platform.

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Can remote work completely transform rural environments? 

Will Mercer, the Founder and CEO of Umaya Village, discussed what led to the creation of Umaya, what he learned from creating a community space and what the future of remote communities could look like. 

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Creating a healthy, productive and enjoyable company culture is one of the biggest challenges for remote companies. As the Director of Culture and Innovation at TaxJar, Darcy has extensive experience in successfully fostering and scaling culture remotely.

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What is needed to create physical ecosystems for remote workers? How will cities attract the new remote workforce?

After recognizing the opportunities remote work has to offer, Nacho Rodriguez, the founder of RePeople & Nomad City Gran Canaria made it his mission to create physical spaces for remote workers that drive a positive socio-economic impact. 

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How important is virtual office space for team communication and collaboration?

We discussed the possibilities for further improvement in virtual office spaces with Flo, the founder and CEO of Teamflow, who built a unique version of a virtual office that is completely customizable and something we've been using as a team at SafetyWing.

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What needs improvement in your workflow?

In this episode, we are joined by Rajiv Ayyangar,  the founder and CEO of Tandem - one of the first viable examples of a virtual office. We discuss the importance of a functioning virtual workspace, building trust remotely and how the world of online gaming gives us an insight into the future.

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Is your physical and digital workspace optimized for productivity? Have you implemented tools and systems to help you avoid burnout?

We're joined by Rodolphe, the founder of Remotive, to discuss the ideal digital and physical remote setup, and how to find the right routine for you in order to create productivity and remote zen.

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How to use effective communication in your remote team as a competitive advantage?

Uri Bram, the CEO of The Browser & The Listener - two newsletters with the best written and audio-recorded content from a variety of categories curated by a fully remote team.

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With the freedom that remote work brings - can we use our location independent lifestyle as an advantage to help us erase world borders?

Peter Thompson,  CEO at Remote Work Barbados and initiator of The Barbados Welcome Stamp Visa explains what remote workers can bring to local communities, and how to initiate projects that create more opportunities for remote workers.

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What are the effects of remote work on the current job market?

Teaching the next generation of software engineers himself at Lambda School, Austen Allred experiences first hand what it takes to hire the best of the new remote workforce.  In this episode, he shares his experience with cultivating the best engineering talent and the flaws in the current recruitment process.

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How you handle a crisis might well define the future of your company.

Operating remotely can be an additional challenge, but it also provides an advantage. We're joined by Liam Martin, the founder of Time Doctor and co-founder of Running Remote to discuss the importance of crisis management as a remote company.

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Are all remote workers future nomads?

As one of the founders of the modern remote work movement, and creator of Nomad List and RemoteOK, Pieter Levels offers his take on the future of the digital nomad lifestyle and its communities.

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What does community really mean?

In this episode, Spencer Jentzsch, former CEO of Hacker Paradise, shares his experience in growing a community-based company and managing one of the most thriving communities among digital nomads to this date.

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As the world rapidly adapts to remote work, it can be difficult to always stay ahead of the curve. In this episode, Steph Smith, the Head of Trends and Product Manager at The Hustle joins our host to discuss how remote makers and leaders can stay one step ahead.


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In this episode, we are joined by Danielle Morrill, former YC graduate and now Head of Growth at GitLab. Effectively managing your team and your own schedule remotely is a very different challenge than doing so in an office environment. 

Danielle offers valuable advice on how to avoid common pitfalls and tackle challenges she experienced herself while working and managing remotely, as well as avoiding burnout as a founder and manage...

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In this episode, we are joined by Matt Drozdzynski from Pilot, a platform that allows distributed teams to hire and pay employees anywhere in the world, hassle-free.

The world is getting increasingly connected and an ever-rising number of companies are not limiting themselves to local talent, but are reaching out to the incredibly qualified global talent pool. If you don’t join this trend, chances are high that you and your company...

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Have you heard of Estonian e-Residency, or wondered how it could help you and your company?

In this episode, we are joined by Alex Wellman from the Estonian e-Residency program. Estonia is considered by many the most Digital Nation in the world, and for good reason! 99% of its government services are available entirely online, paving the way for Estonian e-Residency. 

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In this episode, we are joined by the Head of Remote at AngelList - Andreas Klinger, to discuss the current state of remote work.

Whether you’re starting a remote company or transitioning to remote work, this episode will point out the benefits of working remotely and advice on how to handle the situation in the best possible way and what to expect in the coming weeks, months and even years. 

Andreas sheds a positive light on transit...

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In this episode, Darren Murph, Head of Remote at GitLab, gives advice on how to transition from a “traditional” to a remote company in the current crisis. 

Whether you are new to remote work, or a seasoned veteran wanting things to run more smoothly, this episode is tremendously valuable for everyone wanting to make remote life more pleasant.

Darren offers insights into common pitfalls, what mistakes to focus on, and which aspects of...

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July 16, 2020 1 min

Hello, and welcome to Building Remotely! 

My name is Sondre Rasch, I’m a founder and CEO at SafetyWing, an insurance for remote workers and companies. I’m excited to invite companies and entrepreneurs from around the world to participate in our comprehensive guide for building a thriving remote company. 

For the past few years, remote work has been increasingly on the rise. More and more companies are finding out how remote work can ...

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