I lead a company called TEN7 and up until the spring of 2017, we were all in on the idea that a company needed a physical space to function. In fact, I was so sold on the idea that my wife and I purchased commercial real estate in Downtown Minneapolis in 2011 just so that we were committed to making a physical space work for the company. Fast forward to 2019 and the office space is no more, TEN7 is a fully distributed company, and it's been two years since we decided to take the jump.
This session will review the process of becoming a distributed company from the point of view of someone who was fully committed to not being one, but whose point of view changed.
I'll go through:
- how we approached the evolution (staggered number of days in and out of the office)
- team requirements from a cultural perspective: mission, vision, values
- what you'll need at home
- tools we use to stay connected
- actual in-person time that we have
- effects on hiring staff
- cons (there are cons!)
I'll provide the list of steps we went through to become truly distributed, and you'll be able to use that for yourself. YMMV.