Matt Mullenweg, cofounder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic, embarks on a journey to understand the future of work. Having built his own 900-person company with no offices and employees scattered across 68 countries, Mullenweg examines the benefits and challenges of distributed work and recruiting talented people around the globe.
Episode 25: Davit Baghdasaryan on the Science of Sound in a Distributed Work World.
As audio and video conferencing surge worldwide, Matt talks through the science of sound with Davit Baghdasaryan, the CEO of Krisp, a fast-growing company offering AI-powered noise cancellation technology for removing background noise on any conferencing platform. Krisp’s technology, including its proprietary deep neural network krispNet DNN, processes audio securely on the user’s computer.
Episode 23: Lara Hogan on the Secret to Being a Successful Manager
Are companies setting up their managers for success? What are BICEPS? How do you assemble your colleagues like a management Voltron?
Lara Hogan is the founder of Wherewithall, a firm that specializes in management and leadership training. She’s the author of Resilient Management, a must-read for anyone who is a manager, wants to become one, or generally just wants to learn how to be a better teammate.
Episode 22: Raj Choudhury Sees a Future Where You Don’t Have to Move Your Family for a Job
"We have introduced so many frictions to people’s lives by forcing them to move." Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury, the Lumry Family Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, studies the future of work -- specifically the changing geography of work. What happens to cities, to immigration policies, and to issues around gender equity when more companies let people work from anywhere?
Episode 21: Morra Aarons-Mele on Introversion and Anxiety in Remote Work
Is working from home a breakthrough for introverts? The answer, of course, is not so simple. Morra Aarons-Mele is the host of The Anxious Achiever podcast for HBR Presents from Harvard Business Review, and founder of award-winning social impact agency Women Online and its database of women influencers, The Mission List.
She’s also the author of Hiding in the Bathroom: How to Get Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home).
To learn more about Aarons-Mele’s work, go to womenandwork.org.
Episode 20: Adam Gazzaley on the Distracted Mind During a Crisis
Matt Mullenweg speaks with neuroscientist Dr. Adam Gazzaley, co-author of the book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World, about how our brains work, particularly during times like the current pandemic. How does the brain handle internal and external stimuli, and what do we know about the effect of practices like meditation, exercise, nutrition, and sleep?
Matt Mullenweg with Sam Harris on Distributed Work’s Five Levels of Autonomy
On a recent episode of Sam Harris's excellent Making Sense podcast, Matt shared insights for managers and companies who are currently exploring remote work for the first time.
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Great Episode with Sam Harris & Matt Mullenweg
Listened to your discussion with Sam, left with many new thoughts & ideas. Thanks!
One — I enjoyed your quote on freedom, once we taste it’s juices , it’s hard to return to our regular life. This is fitting for our current state of the globe. When we recover from COVID-19, everyone will re-evaluate their businesses , non-profits, academic institutions , etc. & question the old way of doing things vs the new way with distributed work.
“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
~Leonardo da Vinci
Two — your discussion on globalization made me think of the late Clayton Christensen’s work around outsourcing & relating it to Greek Story of Theseus’s ship. Essentially, as a country, we need to know our core capabilities & which are critical to our long term success (10,20,30yrs). You may find the detail workings in ch. 7 of Clayton’s book “How Will you Measure Your Life”
Thanks again & looking forward to hearing more content
Love this podcast and how the guests show their unique sides and ideas. If you lead a team or a company this podcast will be insightful!
So much insight
We have learned so much. Listening to Matt is like hearing from the future. Thank you.