When I tell people I’m the CEO of a company with 80 team members in 14 time zones and no “real” offices (no offense to WeWork), many look at me like I’m crazy.
But even though after four years it all feels totally normal to me and my team, I have to recall that we are still very much in the minority of businesses. Because while remote work is a popular topic to talk about, the tech industry is lagging when it comes to adopting it.
Go ahead. Try to name 5 “Remote-First” companies. If you’re reading this as a subscriber to the Update, you might have come up with Buffer and Basecamp. Or maybe you have a friend or family member who works remotely…but I bet it was hard to name five.
Even the Google search results on remote-first companies are slim. We’re part of just 16% of global businesses, according to some studies. But type “why remote work is the future” into that same search box, and the list of articles by media outlets from Inc. to Fast Company is seemingly endless.