Finding Product Market Fit

Interesting talk addressing the challenges of finding product market fit, in the form of a case study about Weebly . It’s worth the 1h you will spend listening, if you are into this kind of stuff.

The transcript and slides can be found on the Startup School’s website.

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Some content about remote work

If you already have read some of my earlier posts, you will know that I currently work remotely and am part of a team that is spread across a few countries.

For this reason I try to read a lot about the subject, in order to try to continuously the way we work.  On this post I just want to share 2 links (one video and an article) that I think can be very helpful for remote teams, even though they address subjects that are common to everyone.

So here they are:

Documenting Decisions in a Remote Team

This is very important specifically the parts of making sure everyone is in the loop, explicitly communicating the ownership of the decision and keeping a record that can be consulted in the future.

Read on Medium

Building Operating Cadence With Remote Teams

This is a more general presentation where it is explained how things work at Zapier (100% remote team). One good idea from the video that caught my attention is the small “survey” before the meetings, to define the plan and allowing people to get more context before the meeting starts.

Watch the video on Business of Software


How to work asynchronously

Just watched a talk by Jason Fried (available at the bottom of the post), about how you should take as much care about how your company works, as you take care of your products. More than the actual name or topic of the presentation, what I really liked to see were some of the processes and mindset Basecamp has, that are really well thought in order to fit the reality of a company that works mostly asynchronously. You can read about it in some books but seeing it action brings a whole new level of clarity.

It may sound easy to apply these concepts in our day to day, but it isn’t. I know this because after 2 years of working remotely, for a company that is remote friendly and does the best it can to make the work more asynchronous, we still fall for some of the bad habits described in the talk, such as relying too much in the chat app.

Either way, I recommend it, I learned a lot and hope you enjoy it.

Your Company Should be Your Best Product | Jason Fried, Basecamp | BoS USA 2016

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Managing a 100% remote company

This video about Gitlab was posted recently and is a very interesting case-study on how a company can normally function while having all of its employees working remotely.