Distributed Teams Are Helping Startups Scale Faster

Distributed Teams Are Helping Startups Scale Faster

Amazon’s decision to expand from its single base in Seattle has consistently been one of the most highly profiled recent stories in tech. Over 200 American cities applied, eager for the 50,000 new jobs and over $5 billion in construction investment. Stonecrest, Georgia even offered to create an adjacent town called Amazon. Amazon ultimately decided to split the prize between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in Virginia — that is until public backlash forced it to pull out of New York. Leaving the heated debate aside, Amazon’s shift to multiple headquarters hints at a broader trend — a more compelling story that the headlines have largely missed – the growing trend of a distributed workforce model. More startups are using…

How to Set Up Your Company to Hire and Retain New Parents

How to Set Up Your Company to Hire and Retain New Parents

This post was originally posted on Atrium.co As a repeat founder and now a new parent of a 19-month-old toddler, I have learned a lot in the past few months about the ins and outs of juggling parenting while running an early-stage startup. And let me tell you, it isn’t easy. It has been really tough for my wife and me to balance the needs of our high-pressure careers with our daycare arrangement. My daughter did not adjust well to daycare, leading her to get sick on a bi-weekly basis which caused havoc on our work schedules and resulted in a lot of stress for both of us. Through my personal experience, as well as talking to a lot of…

How to Make Remote Employees Feel More Connected

How to Make Remote Employees Feel More Connected

Working remotely has a lot of perks, both for a company and its employees. Employers save money by avoiding the expenses that come with a traditional office and can choose the best people for their team regardless of their location. Remote workers get to enjoy more flexibility, get rid of the annoying daily commute, and spend more time at home with their families. With so many positives, it’s no wonder why remote work is becoming more and more popular. According to research from Owl Labs, 16% of global companies are fully remote and 40% partially remote. Those numbers are only going to keep rising as more people realize the benefits of remote work. With all the benefits of remote working,…

Passport to Nature!

Passport to Nature!

“I like to play indoors better ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are,” reports a fourth-grader. In Richard Louv’s ‘Last Child in the Woods’, he exposes the staggering divide between children and nature. Never before have children been so wired to gadgets and so disconnected from nature. Exposure to nature is necessary for the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of kids and adults. But hey, technology doesn’t have to be the enemy of an active childhood. As parents, educators, and app developers, we now have an opportunity to make things right. With a deeper understanding of the importance of nature play, we can create conducive environment for nature exploration. With this objective, Islandwood partnered with Log(n) to build an…