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.
How to evaluate the performance of your remote team with Rob Rawson from Time Doctor and Running Remote
How can you get an insight into your remote teams' productivity and impact it positively?
Rob Rawson founded Time Doctor to help remote companies solve this problem, and is sharing his learnings from over a decade of leading remote teams.
In detail we discussed:
Economic advantages of remote workPros and Cons of working asyncOvercoming hard cultural differences remotelyMeasuring the performance of your remote employeesFind the transcript here.
Stay tuned for the next episode in which we will discuss Facilitation in Remote Teams with Daphnee LaForest from Modern Leaders.
How to Build a Startup City with Trey Goff from Prospera
What is a startup city and how do you build it?
Prospera, is a charter city in Roatán, Honduras. Their goal is to build an innovation hub that is exploring new models for economic growth and social prosperity.
We talked with Trey Goff, their Chief of Staff and Chief Marketing Officer on why they started this project and how they are aiming to make the vision of Prospera a reality.
In detail we discussed:
Prospera's vision and missionGovernmental competition as a result of remote workProspera's legal structureProspera's relationship with their home country HondurasThe global impact startup cities will have in futureApply to become part of Prospera here.
You can find the full transcript here.
Stay tuned for the next episode in which we will discuss how to Manage Cultural Differences in a Remote Team with Rob Rawson from Running Remote.
Providing Equity for a global remote team with Kim Hansen from Cake Equity
Kim Hansen has over two decades of experience working with startups. His firsthand experience of the complications surrounding equity grants led to the founding of Cake Equity.
In this episode, Kim and Sondre discuss the best practices for granting equity to a global remote team.
Topics we discussed:
An introduction to equity and why it is importantTurning shares into moneyAn introduction to different equity policiesWhat are options and when should you use them? How Cake helps with this process You can find the full transcript here.
Stay tuned for the next episode in which we will discuss the Startup Cities with Trey Goff from Prospera.
How to increase productivity as a remote worker with Taylor Jacobson from Focusmate
After Taylor Jacobson started to work remotely and could not find an effective tool to help with his procrastination, he created it himself.
Focusmate aims to increase remote workers' well-being and productivity by pairing them up in co-working sessions.
In this episode, Taylor shares scientific insights behind stress and productivity and gives tips on how remote workers can leverage them.
Topics we also discussed:
The founding story of FocusmateStress signals to look out forDefining focusThe science of FocusmateCheck the full transcript here.
Stay tuned for the next episode with Kim Hansen from Cake Equity on structuring equity in a remote team.
How to setup taxes remotely with John Lee from the Work From Anywhere Team
John Lee is a lifelong nomad and founder of "The Work From Anywhere Team", which aims to solve tax complexity for a global remote workforce.
In this episode, John shares his insights on tax laws and risks to avoid when employing a global remote team.
Topics we also discussed:
Emerging tax risks for Remote WorkersTax loopholes you should avoidThe 4 ways of setting up taxes for a global remote teamHow governments and companies will adapt their tax structures to remote workCheck the full transcript here.
Stay tuned for the next episode with Taylor Jacobson from Focusmate on increasing productivity as a remote worker.
Providing the best benefits for a remote team with Ally Fekaiki from Juno
Ally founded Juno after experiencing the lack of individualised employee benefits himself.
Together with him, we explored how you can offer dynamic benefits for a global remote team.
Topics we discussed
The necessity of remote specific benefitsMistakes most remote companies make when it comes to benefits An evaluation of SafetyWing's benefitsThe most popular benefits on JunoWhy you should offer small benefits to your team Check the full transcript here.
Stay tuned for the next episode with Lauren Razavi from Plumia on building a country on the internet.