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What are your views about Remote Tech Cofounder or Remote engineers as First employee?

Kapil Jadhav Tech Partner - Open to join as tech cofounder

September 27th, 2017

I wanted to know your views about hiring Remote Tech Cofounder or Remote engineers as employee:

1. Do you think a remote Tech cofounder or Remote team works?

2. If you already work what are the challenges?

3. What would you suggest to teams planning on going remote?

Hanley Leung VR and Social Media and Mobile Entrepreneur

September 30th, 2017

you do what you have to to get off the ground. Tech people are so hard to find that you'll have to be flexible and balance with their life situations. Depending on the business you are in, remote tech leadership might not work out, but for other business's it might not be an impediment at all. In this 2017 modern age, a tech team spread out over the world is common and manageable.

Raj Sark All things Internet of Things #IoT

September 28th, 2017

Like most things in the startup world, this will greatly depend on Execution, your execution as a Founder or chief Execution officer.

In general for a startup this is inherently extremely difficult tho. Not impossible.

Dane Madsen Organizational and Operational Strategy Consultant

September 28th, 2017

Simply this does not work in a startup. You can never over appreciate the need to be in close quarters with your crucial leadership team, let alone “employees“. The luxury of being able to poke your head into their space and say”I have been thinking ...” is some of the best time and invaluable innovation tactics you ever will find. More is done in casual conversation than planning meetings. Trust is built in person not on Slack.

Treasure Kahitu Co-founder. Innovation and diversity is a major concentration

Last updated on September 28th, 2017

Senanu - If Premises are a problem due to finances, run it mobile. You do not necessarily need a fixed location. I am currently running mine mobile. It is not easy but it helps if you have own transport or at least access to reliable transport so you always go meet the client wherever they are.

You can also arrange to meet them at coffee places most convenient for them as an alternative. Always remember to factor in transport costs when calculating your invoicing.

All the best

Tri R.A. Wibowo Co-founder and Backend Developer of Shipper; Node.js Fanatic

Last updated on October 1st, 2017

I answer your question based on my own experiences so it should be reliable.

1. It works

2. Allocating time between social life, full time job, and the startup. If there's a critical bug in production at work hour, this could be major disturbance for your work flow and this could be happening every few days/weeks

3. Make them pledge their commitments to the startup. Heck, if you could, find remote team/co-founders who don't have full time jobs so you could reasonably expect their commitments full time. Otherwise, you should pay their wages ASAP to keep their commitments.

Bingo Zhou CoFounder@Snoop Tech, CTO@AngelsGlobal

October 13th, 2017

Remote cofounder regardless of tech or non-tech is usually not working well for earlier stage startup.

1. Local team ensures efficient communication channels.

2. Other than getting tasks done, earlier stage startups need more mental and spiritual support from team members. Local team wins.

3. Local team means a lot like "team chemistry" especially you and your cofounders don't know each other a lot before pairing up.

Krishna Vedala Applied Science Evangelist

September 27th, 2017

For any co-founding team, some of the most important aspects are:

1. constant communication and progress report

2. very good personal rapport

3. trust in eachothers' work

If these are elements are present, you can have your team spread across the universe and still make great progress. This is how I started as well and from personal home space. Depending on the rate of progress and available resources, having the team together to constantly bounce off ideas especially to create the first MVP or prototype in order to bring in the VC is always helpful.

The main challenge is that if there is even the slightest mis-communication or lack of could lead to disastrous results.

Make it a point to have a daily phone call for updates for all the co-founders, a weekly or monthly in-person meeting and videos in-between as needed.

Communication, I think, is the key to keep all the stakeholders happy and abreast of the progress. In a founding team, every one is deeply vested in the project and ones with monetary vesting are even more so. Sweat equity members should respect that and many do; hence the need for a good rapport.

mazeen mahfal Passionate techie turned marketer

September 28th, 2017

1. No two words, in this day and age it should and will work provided right checkpoints are in place and also the right tech is used to commuinicate.

2. Not being able to have a good old conversation when things are rock bottom.

Rebecca Witonsky Autistic Entrepreneur and Tax Preparer

October 3rd, 2017

A remote co-founder or tech manager can work if the person has autism. The reason is autistic people can't read the body language and non-verbal social cues that dominate social interaction in mainstream society. So the autistic person can't function in a face to face social setting but can do quite well if they are encouraged to work remotely. I am speaking from personal experience as an autistic employee and entrepreneur.

My experience with employers in U.S. mainstream society is that they are primarily focused on reading and analyzing face to face social interaction. They spend most of their time interpreting body language and non-verbal forms of social communication. So if your co-founder has no disability then I would say he or she needs to work in an office in most cases to succeed. Remote employment is likely to be unsuccessful if the person involved has no disability. The reason is people with no disability make decisions based primarily on non-verbal forms of social communication that they can observe only in an office setting. they need the face to face social interaction to run a company, manage employees, and make career decisions.

Steve Owens

October 3rd, 2017

All things being equal, face to face is best.

However, remote can work.

Most important is a good fit. Past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. What ever you do, pick people who are experienced in startup product development. If they have never worked in a startup, it is likely they will fail.