Tips For Leading A Remote Team: The Playlist

1: Ten Lessons Learned Building Doist – Amir Salihefindic (Founder/CEO, Doist)


Amir is the Founder and CEO of Doist, the builders of productivity tools Todoist and Twist. At BoS Europe 2019, he shared 10 lessons that he’d learned building Doist as a fully-remote company.


2: Building Operating Cadence With Remote Teams – Wade Foster (Founder/CEO, Zapier)


Back at BoS Europe 2018, Wade Foster shared Zapier’s process for running a high-growth remote startup. There is a lot of great tactical information in this talk – Wade shares Zapier’s onboarding process, how they run efficient and effective meetings, and how they’ve built a great remote company culture.


3: Building A High-Performing Team – Alison Coward (Founder, Bracket)


Making a talented team work together well is hard. Getting them to work together well remotely, now that’s even harder. In this talk from BoS Europe 2018 Alison Coward gave some great advice on how you can design the way a team communicates and works together to ensure you get the most out of everyone on the team. The advice works just as well for remote and in-person teams.


4: Remote Working Q&A – Natalie Nagele (Founder/CEO, Wildbit) & Peldi Guilizzoni (Founder/CEO, Balsamiq)


In March 2020, the effects of COVID-19 were being felt across the world. At BoS Europe Online 2020 as entrepreneurs gathered to discuss the challenges their businesses were facing due to the pandemic, the sudden shift to remote work was high on the list. In this session, seasoned remote CEOs Natalie Nagele and Peldi Guilizzoni shared thoughts and advice from their experience leading remote teams.


5: New Ways Of Working (50 Years Ahead Of Time) – Dame Stephanie Shirley CH (Founder, Freelance Programmers)


Remote work is not a new phenomenon. In 1962, Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley CH founded Freelance Programmers – a remote tech company that employed predominantly female programmers with dependants. Indeed, only 3 of the company’s first 300 employees were men – until the UK’s 1975 Sex Discrimination Act made that illegal, and they had to hire more men. It’s a fascinating story, and a timely reminder that remote work is not just a “second-best” option.