Updated: Jun 25, 2020
At Northscaler, our technical team works remotely. The core of the Northscaler professional team comes from SciSpike (started in 2009), which never had an office. Before that, I co-founded InferData, in which the last ten years of existence were primarily set up for remote work as well. In other words, my teams have been working remotely since around 2000.
Why are we remote?
The reason we set up a virtual office in the first place had, of course, nothing to do with pandemics, but rather one of being able to build the best team possible. Let me explain.
At Northscaler, we have been organizing the absolute best that we can hire. It is my experience that only about 20% of the potential employees prefer to work remotely. That means that 4 out of 5 of the scarce individuals automatically is disqualified.
However, with remote workers, we take away the geographic boundaries! When we had offices, we were in Austin and Mountain View. Great! Both areas have a fantastic supply of brilliant minds, but if you take all the brilliant minds in the world and look at how many live in the Bay Area and Austin, I can guarantee that the fraction is less than 1/5.
Now with the current pandemic, I would like to share some insights into things we've learned over the last 20 years of working remotely.
Just so that this blog article does not become too long, I'll split this blog article into several blogs that make advice from various perspectives. I will probably add to the below list, but for now, I plan to write blogs on the following topics, and I'll add links to the articles as I complete them:
Which tools to use?
How to hire remote contributors?