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Become #Unstoppable With X-Team

X-Team is a league of extraordinary superheroes, who are selflessly dedicated to growing and #unleashing the best in themselves, revolutionizing the remote movement by creating an incredibly inspiring, engaging, and welcoming environment that is a catalyst for developers to achieve their goals and make their dreams come true. Let’s
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Igniting Team Spirit with The Entourage

The Entourage is Australia’s leading Education Institution for Entrepreneurs; providing accredited education to their members all over Australia, offering real-world “been-there-done-that” experience and mentor-ship, and educating them on how to grow their business. The company’s vision is to “push civilization forward; to be force of momentum and change,
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WDStories: Praveen Selvasekaran, Automattic

COMPANY: Automattic Name: Praveen Selvasekaran Position: WooCommerce Ninja It was a lazy afternoon in May 2015, the only sound that kept playing repeatedly was the sound of the fan above my head and barking street dog two blocks away. I was scrolling through our P2 [internal company blog] for announcements/
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WDStories: Kayleigh Karutis, Invision

Name: Kayleigh Karutis Position: Content Strategist Based in Denver, Colorado After working as a news reporter, then in public relations and in marketing as a copywriter and editor, I felt I had reached a point in my career where I wanted and needed a more challenging role that would push
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WDStories: Andrew Cullen, Invision

Name: Andrew Cullen Position: Lead Product Designer Based in London, England Before joining InVision, I spent the previous eight years working at a digital agency where we used InVision heavily, so I knew the platform well. I was seeking a new role where I’d have the opportunity to solve
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WDStories: Steph Yiu, Automattic

Name: Steph Yiu Position: Account Engineer and Team Lead I remember the first time I saw the Automattic “Work With Us” page. Two immediate thoughts: WordPress is a company?! That is so cool. Wait, you can work from anywhere? I’d been using WordPress for years, both personally and professionally.
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WDStories: Kat Hagan, Automattic

Name: Kat Hagan Position: Code Wrangler and Team Lead. For me, Automattic is my dream job. Self-employed after years of trying to fit myself into different types of working environments, I had a pretty good idea of what worked for me and what didn’t: mainly that I was happiest
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HOWTO Foster an exceptional hiring system

Let’s face it, finding the right culture fit in a remote environment can be somewhat trickier than non-remote. To address some of the problems around hiring within a team that “works different,” we sat down with MeetEdgar (Edgar). Edgar is a small social media management team who adopts remote
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WDStories: Erin Nilles, Ruby Receptionists

Name: Erin Nilles Title: Receptionist Ruby since 2015 As a little kid, I always showed up for career day as a receptionist—looking quite similar to the Ruby mascot in fact. I couldn’t imagine a more important position at any office (plus being able to shred paper seemed like
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WDStories: Tedd Welch, Ruby Receptionists

Name: Tedd Welch Title: Receptionist Ruby since 2014 Before I worked at Ruby, I was a teller at a small credit union in downtown Portland. I’d worked at a lot of odd jobs before that, but it was my first real, adult job and it was a hard environment
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HowTo Foster Genuine Connection within Your Workplace

We recently spoke with Jill Nelson, Founder, and CEO of Ruby Receptionists (Ruby). Ruby is a highly skilled team of virtual receptionists on a mission to preserve and perpetuate real, meaningful connections in an increasingly technology-focused world. In fact, Ruby Receptionists have been nationally (in the U.S.) recognized and
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Building Genuine Team Connection with Ruby Receptionists

Meet Ruby Receptionists (Ruby), a highly skilled team of virtual receptionists on a mission to preserve and perpetuate real, meaningful connections in an increasingly technology-focused world - they “restore the human touch to business”. Ruby believes that their culture directly relates to the success of their business. If you spend
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Fostering Exceptional Hiring with MeetEdgar

MeetEdgar (Edgar) is a “small team of hard-working nerds with gigantic hearts” who have a “huge soft spot for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and love getting to be a part of their success.” The company’s founder Laura Roeder is a social media marketing expert who gives businesses of all
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4 Ways to Build Trust and Embrace Team Dynamics

We chatted with TeamSnap last week around the ins and outs of building a dynamic team - especially one that embraces remote working. What we found to be at the pinnacle of TeamSnap’s team success was the focus they placed on ‘Trust’ - their core value. It’s easy
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Team Dynamics with TeamSnap

TeamSnap is a web and mobile app that puts the ‘organised’ back into sports. Coaches, players and parents use TeamSnap to keep track of the team’s schedule and roster, communicate by email and instant messages, track payments, confirm attendance and much, much more. It works for any sport – from
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5 Ways To Introduce Transparency

Last week we had a look inside Hanno - the radically transparent design studio - at how their commitment to transparency has changed their team for the better. We’ve distilled the lessons from Hanno and many other transparent companies into 5 easy steps that we can try out in
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Team Happiness @ Automattic

Team happiness is not some abstract, far off nirvana that is sought after but can’t be achieved; it's a way of running a company. At Automattic, you can see that the whole team get a sense of purpose and fulfilment out of their work, which is far greater than
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Nurturing Team Happiness

Focusing on Team Happiness doesn't mean that every day is going to be a stroll in the park or that every team member will be in a constant state of bliss; work still has it’s ups and down, good days and bad. When you focus on Team Happiness, people
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Transparency @ Hanno

How much of our operational ‘data’ really needs to be private? Wouldn’t we be forced to be better, fairer, and more ethical companies if we put more of ourselves out in the open? Those were the questions that Jon Lay, the founder of Hanno, a “radically transparent remote design
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How To Go Remote

Too often, the idea of running a distributed (remote) team is dismissed as only possible when the company is small. This week, Automattic showed us that it’s not only possible to have a fully distributed team at a large scale, but you become a billion dollar company doing it.
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