20 episodes

In this podcast, we interview remote startup leaders, remote work advocates and CEOs of distributed teams who thrive outside of Silicon Valley. They share insight on what works and doesn't, so you can learn to do it right.

Tune in to learn more about how these remote work entrepreneurs and thought leaders have overcome challenges, increased productivity, managed communication and more!

Outside The Valley Jovian Gautama at Arc

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In this podcast, we interview remote startup leaders, remote work advocates and CEOs of distributed teams who thrive outside of Silicon Valley. They share insight on what works and doesn't, so you can learn to do it right.

Tune in to learn more about how these remote work entrepreneurs and thought leaders have overcome challenges, increased productivity, managed communication and more!

    Ken Weary (Hotjar) - How to Regain Productivity in Your Remote Team

    Ken Weary (Hotjar) - How to Regain Productivity in Your Remote Team

    Today we have Ken Weary, VP of Operations at Hotjar!

    In this episode, we talked about the reason why Hotjar prefers asynchronous communication, why software tools aren’t as important, and the “Tribes” system Hotjar uses in project ownership.

    We also talked about Hotjar’s onboarding process, meeting culture, documentation principles, and why being a self-starter is the number one attribute to have as a remote worker.

    • 48 min
    Fred Perrotta (Tortuga Backpacks) - Encourage Remote Team Risk-Taking

    Fred Perrotta (Tortuga Backpacks) - Encourage Remote Team Risk-Taking

    Today we have Fred Perrotta, Co-founder and CEO of Tortuga Backpacks!

    In this episode, we talked about the challenges of developing a physical product when you’re a 100% distributed team, building an epic place to work, and applying the principle of “players and coaches” in your company.

    We also talked about Fred’s million-dollar mistake, how to figure out if someone can be a good remote worker, and why you should always do project post-mortems.

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    • 51 min
    Jesse Mecham (YNAB) - Building a Helpful & Kind Remote Team Culture

    Jesse Mecham (YNAB) - Building a Helpful & Kind Remote Team Culture

    Today we have Jesse Mecham, Founder and CEO of You Need A Budget (YNAB)!

    In this episode, we talked about how Jesse started YNAB in 2004 and how it evolved to be a remote company, his approach in delivering feedback and criticism, and the deliberate steps that Jesse took along the years to become a better remote leader

    Jesse also shared about YNAB’s cultural manifesto, unique questions the team uses to assess new team members, and the impact of remote work on Jesse’s family life.

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    • 43 min
    Max Makeev (Owl Labs) - Making Remote Meetings Better

    Max Makeev (Owl Labs) - Making Remote Meetings Better

    Today we have Max Makeev, Co-founder of Owl Labs, the company that created the Meeting Owl. This is the first-ever episode that we recorded live in Arc’s office, so the audio is noticeably different!

    In this episode, we covered how their flagship product, Meeting Owl, was created, and the struggles Max and his co-founder faced in the early days of Owl Labs,

    We also talked about the unique challenges of building a hardware startup, how Max prepares for — and runs — meetings, and his learning/challenges faced when he was still the CEO of Owl Labs.

    • 58 min
    Laura Roeder (MeetEdgar) - How to Build a Company That Doesn't Need You

    Laura Roeder (MeetEdgar) - How to Build a Company That Doesn't Need You

    Today we have Laura Roeder, CEO and founder of MeetEdgar!

    In this episode we covered how Laura built a company that can run without her, why MeetEdgar has a “CEO” _and_ a “President,” and the importance of transparency in company culture.

    We also talked about why MeetEdgar doesn’t believe in deadlines, why they use the title “advocates” instead of “managers,” and how you can give better criticism and feedback in a remote team.

    Laura also has a special gift for Outside The Valley listeners! Get one free month of MeetEdgar with the coupon code PODCAST here.

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    • 54 min
    Kieran Flanagan (HubSpot) - Remote Work as a Growth Lever

    Kieran Flanagan (HubSpot) - Remote Work as a Growth Lever

    Welcome back to Outside The Valley! For our first episode in 2020, we have Kieran Flanagan, VP of Marketing at HubSpot and host of the Growth TL;DR podcast!

    In this episode, Kieran talked about how remote work had helped him in his life, why he thinks career opportunities should not be limited by geographical location, and one of the hardest parts of being a distributed team leader.

    Kieran also shares his insights on why remote hiring is one of the best things you can do for growth, avoiding too many processes in distributed teams, and the “goldfish face” problem in remote meetings.

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

JoshCrist ,

Awesome show!! 🔥

If you are leading a remote team, work remotely or want to learn what it takes to succeed as a remote company - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Jovian does an incredible job of interviewing the guests and each episode covers a huge breadth of topics related to remote work, and pulling back the veil on what it actually takes to lead a remote startup successfully (which is not as easy as it sounds!). Thank you Jovian and the entire Arc team for bringing this much needed show to the world!

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