Why remote?

Remote company managers are talking about why they are running a remote team and how did they start. They also share ideas about what are the biggest benefits of remote work and why it's here to stay.

Why remote?

Remote company managers are talking about why they are running a remote team and how did they start. They also share ideas about what are the biggest benefits of remote work and why it's here to stay.

Hiring remote

Remote team leaders about building a remote team and how are they hiring for remote jobs in their company. They also share tips about how to stand out when applying for remote jobs.

Managing remote

Practical tips from remote companies about managing a remote team – how to measure productivity, where to work from and about planning company retreats to bring the remote team together.

Working remotely

Remote team leaders answering questions about their daily life in a remote team regarding communication, tools and more. They also share tips for companies planning to start working remotely.

What does your remote company do?

GitLab is a DevOps platform built from the ground up as a single application for all stages of the DevOps lifecycle enabling Product, Development, QA, Security, and Operations teams to work concurrently on the same project. GitLab provides teams a single data store, one user interface, and one permission model across the DevOps lifecycle allowing teams to collaborate and work on a project from a single conversation, significantly reducing cycle time and focus exclusively on building great software quickly.
At Xapo, we’re building a way for users all over the world to send, receive, spend, and store their money globally and safely. We're firm believers that no matter who you are or where you're from, you deserve easy access to digital financial services. Launched in 2014 by Wences Casares (CEO) & Federico Murrone (COO), Xapo has made an unparalleled investment in security infrastructure, assembled a renowned advisory board, and raised $40M from top venture capital firms in Silicon Valley & the world. Xapo is a fully distributed company with a global, remote workforce in over fifty countries. We hire the best – and in exchange we offer autonomy, flexibility, meaningful work, a collaborative team environment, and top tier compensation, regardless of your location.
We develop WordPress plugins, WPML, and Toolset. Toolset makes it easier and quicker for users to build a professional website without complex coding. WPML is the world’s most popular multilingual plugin, helping more than 700K websites translate their content. It is integrated with the most popular translation services, themes, and plugins, including WooCommerce. We also also offer professional translation services.

Did you start with a remote team or switched later to remote?

For GitLab, being an all-remote company did not start as an intentional decision. It was a natural evolution as our first team members started choosing to work from home. Now we have more than 800 team members in more than 55 countries around the world.
We started as a remote company from day one.
Kinsta was started by a group of four founders spread between London and Budapest. Initially, all new hires were made in Budapest. However, by the time the team had made the 10th hire they had gone remote. Today, the remote team is larger than the team that works out of our one physical office in Budapest.

What do you think are the biggest benefits of remote work?

From flexibility, to hiring, to environmental impacts, all-remote work offers many advantages for our team members, our company, and the world. Check out our full list of remote-work benefits: https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/benefits/
The benefits are many. You work with great people from all over the world, you learn from different cultures, you can choose where to work from, and you save money and precious time on commuting (time that you can use to do things you love, or simply spend more time at home with your family).
By using a distributed model, Kinsta has access to a vast talent pool, is able to provide 24/7 support without asking anyone to work overnight, is able to operate at a lower cost with reduced real estate expenses, and our team members are more efficient.

How important is remote work to your business?

Xapo engages a high performance, remote workforce across more than fifty countries. Our fully distributed environment gives us access to top, diverse talent all over the world. Representing a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences is critical to our success as a global company.
All of our company members work remotely; headquarters are our own home offices or whatever place people choose to work from. So remote work is crucial to keeping our business running.
Exceptional support is one of the cornerstones of our business and using a remote workforce better allows us to deliver on this promise. By hiring a remote team we have access to a much larger pool of qualified candidates and we can easily locate talent to cover every time zone. In other words, the remote model is a core part of our operational strategy.

Why did you integrate remote work into your company?

We did not integrate remote work into our Company, OnTheGoSystems was born remote.
There are a lot of little things that we do to make the remote model work for Kinsta. However, at a high level, there are at least five things we're intentional about doing to create the remote first culture we strive to maintain. First, we push all collaborative communication into Slack and make as much of it public as possible. Second, we place a heavy emphasis on detailed documentation, both internally and in our public-facing knowledgebase. Third, we maintain routine (weekly, monthly) touch-points for live communication using video calls. Fourth, we get as much of the team as possible together in person once a year. Fifth, if something isn't working, we aren't afraid to change.
We've always worked remotely (for 15 years) so when Liam and Rob started TD, it was a no brainer.