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

January 18, 2022 40 min

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about why he decided to build remote first, the YC application process, and building from scratch without relying on outdated traditional government structures.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.

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What can Gitlab's 2021 Remote Work Report tell us about the upcoming trends and future of remote work?

Join us for this special round table episode where we uncover the findings from the report, and what these newly discovered statistics could mean for companies and the future of work with Darren Murph (Gitlab), Tariq Rauf (Qatalog) and Alastair Simpson (Dropbox)!

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How can you ensure your remote team stays healthy mentally?

As a mental health advocate for remote workers, Melissa Ng founded Bravely, a research-based app that helps you understand and improve your mental health.

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In a time of digital mass collaboration, is it time to rethink how democratic processes are organized?

With Pia, the founder of Open Collective and the Democracy Earth Foundation, we explored how modern technology can, and should, influence our democratic processes, the concept of the Nation-State and personal identity, along with the lessons to learn from the rise of Social Media.

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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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