When I joined Loom.ai in May 2018, I was the only remote worker overseas in a team mostly located in San Francisco, CA and the rest of the US. As of the time of writing this, two-thirds of the company are distributed, with a team scattered around the US, over half a dozen team members in Europe, and a first hire in Asia. It was tough to get here.
Since then, I've started working on NoHQ – an educational platform concentrating on remote organizations and running a remote team. As part of that, I was able to collaborate and talk to founders, managers and employees of some of the best remote companies out there.
Why companies go remote
While remote was a disputable way of working just a few years ago, it's almost crucial today to at least have a remote strategy.
Companies today suffer from talent shortage in most areas of knowledge work. Companies in hubs usually suffer from the talent demand of big players, and companies outside of hub are not able to find and hire the best talent. So remote is an option now.
By the way, Remote isn't just letting people work from home. Look at your team right now – if you'd send a key engineer or product manager around the world and let them work in an entirely different timezone, will this still work? Even if you send someone out-of-state, are you confident that productivity will not suffer?
Remote asks for new workflows, new communication methods, more mindful collaboration. I can help with that!