On the Remote Work show, we interview CEO's and leaders of remote companies to show you how and why they are working remotely successfully, so you can do that as well with success and grow your business better and faster.
How to allow a remote team do its best work, with Chris Neumann
We interviewed Chris Neumann (The Growth Hacker). He is the founder and CEO of CROmetrics. CROmetrics performs A/B testing for a large number of companies. It provides the marketing, product, design and engineering know-how, to develop the team’s performance. They’ll map out a strategy for optimizing the website and the customer research. CROmetrics is a team of about 50 people and is distributed all through the US.
In this episode we talked to Chris about, Conversion Rate Optimization “CRO”, why is CROmetrics fully remote, instilling company culture, the hiring process, their tools, and how to give feedback.
Show highlights? Culture is one of the most important things for Chris. As CEO of CROmetrics, he believes that culture is on the biggest leverages to maintain the company. Chris gave us a couple of tips on how to create and maintain a culture, at least something that is working in CROmetrics… 1) Work on feedbacks, 2) Book clubs, 3) One-on-ones, 4) Yearly retreats
How to Grow a Remote Team, with Seth Brown
In this episode, we interviewed Seth Brown. He is the Chief Operating Officer at Lullabot. Lullabot is a strategy, design, and Drupal development company that have created amazing websites for large-scale publishers. Lullabot was founded in 2006 and has been a remote company since day one.
In this episode we talked to Seth about, Lullabot, running day-to-day operations with Lullabot, remote work transition and PEOs, the differences between collocated and remote, benefits to the environment, employees at Lullabot. We also discussed about improving culture and communication, his mistakes and what he learned, and the challenges that haven't been solved yet.
Show highlights? According to Seth, a lot of the growth as a distributed company is figuring out how to scale communication. Seth suggests that big distributed companies need highly intentional communication. Communication starts having to be more hierarchical, where you need to have layers of management and different systems.
Hiring a remote team of All-Stars, with Josh Pigford
In this episode, we interviewed Josh. He is the founder of Baremetrics and host of Founder Chats. Baremetrics is a revenue analytics platform that helps subscription companies get inside information about their revenue and customers. Baremetrics is formed by a small team (8 people) spread across the globe doing big things for approximately 800+ customers.
In this episode we talked to Josh about, the benefits of remote work, challenges and what is Josh doing to solve them, scaling a remote company, hiring remote A-players, and preferred tools.
Show highlights? So what are advantages of working remotely according to Josh? Mainly, autonomy and flexibility. But there are also drawbacks… such as communication hassles and lack of human interaction (isolation). When hiring, Josh looks specifically for three traits, have remote work experience, be an exceptional text communicator, and to be a builder and creator.
Making Remote E-commerce Work, with Fred Perrotta
In this episode, we interviewed Fred Perrotta. He is the Co-Founder & Remote CEO of Tortuga Backpacks. The company that creates amazing carry-on-size backpacks, specially designed for long-term urban trips. Tortuga Backpacks is a fully remote team, with nine employees working from home. Most of them are based in the US, one in Canada, and one in China.
In this episode we talked to Fred about, their decision to go 100% remote, establishing trust, autonomy, the benefits of working remotely, challenges of an e-commerce remote business, communication, lack of standardization, Instilling culture, and their preferred tools.
For Fred, trust plays a big part when hiring new people. He believes that trust is built by doing the actual work. Fred doesn’t see the employees sitting for 10 hours working on something, he only sees the results. There are three “remote” challenges that Fred is always working on: physical product development, flow of information, lack of standardization.
How To Structure Your Remote Team Legally, with Peldi Guilizzoni.
In this episode, we interviewed Peldi Guilizzoni. He is the Founder & CEO of Balsamiq. Balsamiq helps you to go from ideas to prototypes in no time. It is basically a rapid wireframing tool that reproduces the experience of sketching on a whiteboard. Balsamiq is a fully remote-optimized company with their main headquarters located in Bologna, Italy. Everybody working at Balsamiq, works from home.
In this episode we talked to Peldi about, why did Balsamiq choose to go remote, legal realities of the virtual world, tips for founders, how Balsamiq solves the isolation problem, and preferred tools for working remotely.
Show highlights? Peldi started hiring A-class candidates all over the world but soon he was faced with a wall of legal realities. To have employees located somewhere else, pay taxes at the same time and do payroll, is the right thing to do if you want to protect your employees and your company. At Balsamiq, they work really hard to fight isolation and loneliness.
Designing A Perfect Week, with Alexis Kingsbury
In this episode, we interviewed Alexis Kingsbury . He is an experienced business consultant and serial entrepreneur. Alexis is the co-founder at Spidergap and founder of Parentpreneur Accelerator.
Spidergap is an “employee-friendly 360-degree feedback tool”, typically used by mid-large organizations. Alexis has been running Spidergap for about 7 years with a completely remote team of about 8-10 members dispersed all around the world. Parentpreneur Accelerator is aimed at helping parents who are looking to start a new business.
In this episode we talked to Alexis about his ventures, his morning routine, working in a home-office when kids are around, his hiring process, advice for founders, and his favorite reading material.
Show highlights? According to Alexis, it is really important to block specific times during the week for work, family, exercise, and be strict about it. Because working as an entrepreneur in a remote environment can leave you working extra hours around the clock.