Karim

Bringing a Remote Team Together on an Offsite

Most distributed companies bring their team members together on so-called offsites. Well, I guess you should call it an “onsite” since your remote team already work “off site” by default. Are you confused yet? Nevermind! Offsites are meant to meet, work, and play with fellow team members. Improving team bonding is a vital aspect to keep a remote team tight and connected. There are lots of ways to do this remotely, but in-person interaction is hard to mimic in a digital setup. That’s why organizing recurring offsites are the perfect solution.

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How Mapillary Works Remotely

I’ve done an interview with Remotewise.io, which is the leading resource for remote work and they share findings from world’s top remote companies. We covered Mapillary’s way of working remotely and maintaining cultural values within a distributed team. You can read the full interview below.

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How to Manage a Distributed Team

At Mapillary, we empower our team by working remotely and communicating asynchronously. Everyone is different, so we believe that the best productivity doesn’t necessarily exist between 9 to 5 in one physical location. The advantage of having a team that covers multiple time zones with a multilingual team is something that will help us excel. We’re currently (2017) a team of 32 people in 11 countries, 7 timezones, and we speak 11 different languages. Some of the team members work together in the same office or co-working space, while others work remotely from home.

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Home Office or Office Home?

My day usually starts just like that of any other person. I wake up, eat breakfast, dress up, and go to work. Nothing special, right? Except, in my case, all of these things are optional, not mandatory. When working from home, you don’t need to wake up early, or get dressed, or even go to the office. What!? Shower? Meh, maybe tomorrow. The entry barrier of going to work is low, because you’re already at work and you’re not physically meeting others.

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Working Remotely on a Remote Farm

The Internet allows you to be connected to anyone, anywhere. This is what makes working remotely in a distributed company fun because you’ll have colleagues all over the world. You’ll also spend less money on fancy office clothes, commuting with public transportation, and you can even stay in your pajamas until 3 pm. All great advantages.

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The 3P's of Startup Financing

Here you are, happily crunching the new road of your startup. Your job is to give a bird’s-eye view of the business financial health and share that with other executives. The clearer you make this for them the sooner they understand things to need change. Because after all, we want profit numbers to become or stay green. Well, then use these 3 P’s to become a master of finance: Plan, Predict, and Prepare.

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How to Survive Remote Communication

Communication has always been the key to our success and our survival. This is true for our species and is just as true for our businesses: companies live and die by how well they communicate. So how do we foster productive relationships in a workplace that spans the globe?

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Good CFO's Know How To Code

As CFO at a tech startup, your job is to plan, implement, manage, and control all financial-related activities of the company. This contains responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, legal, negotiations, relationships, and compliances. You are not involved in any of the product building, design, system administration, support, HR, or sales. However, all these parts are equally important for bringing value and revenue to your company.

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