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Remote startup - building a company from everywhere in the world

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The likes of Automattic (Wordpress) and 37signals promote remote working as a way to hire the best talent, regardless of location. Programming can be done from anywhere and saving office costs is a …

The likes of Automattic (Wordpress) and 37signals promote remote working as a way to hire the best talent, regardless of location. Programming can be done from anywhere and saving office costs is a great way to bootstrap. This talk looks at the advantages and disadvantages, tools and methodologies for building a remote company.

This talk was given by David Mytton at Digital Shoreditch London 2013.

Published in: Business, Self Improvement

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  • 1. Building a company fromanywhere in the world
  • 2. David MyttonWoop Japan!
  • 3. Server Density Timeline
  • 4. Server Density Timeline•April 2009: 2•Dec 2009: 3•Early 2011: 5UKUKUKCanadaCanada NetherlandsUSA•Late 2011: 7 UK Canada NetherlandsUSA Portugal
  • 5. Server Density TimelineUKCanadaNetherlandsUSA PortugalPoland•2013: 12
  • 6. Picture is unrelated! Mmm, ice cream.•No limits on hiringAdvantagesRelocationWorldwide talent
  • 7. Picture is unrelated! Mmm, ice cream.•No limits on hiringAdvantages•Suits employeesFriends, family, flexibility
  • 8. Picture is unrelated! Mmm, ice cream.•No limits on hiringAdvantages•Suits employees•ResponsibilityPromote responsibility within the team - taking the initiative
  • 9. Picture is unrelated! Mmm, ice cream.•No limits on hiringAdvantages•Suits employees•Responsibility•CostOffice costs, commuting
  • 10. Picture is unrelated! Mmm, ice cream.•No DistractionsAdvantagesOffice costs, commuting
  • 11. Picture is unrelated! Mmm, ice cream.•No DistractionsAdvantages•TravelOffice costs, commuting
  • 12. Picture is unrelated! Mmm, ice cream.•No DistractionsAdvantages•Travel•Timezone coverageOffice costs, commuting
  • 13. DisadvantagesCollaborationMore difficult
  • 14. DisadvantagesCollaborationKeeping everyone updatedMore difficult
  • 15. DisadvantagesCollaborationKeeping everyone updatedIsolationHaving informal ideas or discussions
  • 16. DisadvantagesCollaborationKeeping everyone updatedIsolationWatercoolerHaving informal ideas or discussions
  • 17. 2012 OfficeLast year we added an office after 3 years of working remotely
  • 18. What works best where?Remote OfficeEngineering DesignOps MarketingSupport SalesEverything? Everything?
  • 19. 2012 OfficeVery difficult toadd remote laterImportant that we did it in this order
  • 20. 2012 OfficeOffice onlyRemote OnlyRemote → OfficeImportant that we did it in this order
  • 21. 2012 OfficeRemote OnlyRemote → OfficeOffice → RemoteOffice onlyImportant that we did it in this order
  • 22. Remote mindsetCommunicationAvailabilityToolsWorking remotely is a mindset, difficult to bolt on after starting all in the same placeCommunication: have to keep everyone in the loopAvailability: not all around at the same time. Organise meetings or collaboration in advance
  • 23. Not just chatting - activity feed
  • 24. Very difficult toadd remote later
  • 25. David Myttondavid@serverdensity.com@davidmyttonWoop Japan!www.serverdensity.com