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51. A Culture that Fits the Medium w/ Kapil Kale, Tremendous

The way to build a solid remote-first work culture is to create a culture that fits the medium rather than forcing the medium to fit the culture.

A lot of companies are trying to take the things they used to do in an in-office culture and put them into a remote work environment. It turns out, that those things don't translate very well into this new medium of working remotely and, ideally, asynchronously.

So today, we have Kapil Kale, Co-Founder and COO of Tremendous and former COO at AngelList, who has built a profitable and sustainable remote work culture at both those companies.

In this episode, we're chatting today about the principles for designing a culture optimized for remote work, the differences between remote and hybrid work in 2016 and 2022, and tapping into the global talent pool through remote hiring.

In this episode:

[03:40] How we take for granted the new tools available for remote collaboration 

[06:04] Ways that an in-office culture doesn’t translate well to a remote culture

[11:42] The principles to build a culture that fits the new medium of remote work 

[16:11] Who are the people who want to work in a fully remote environment

[20:21] The need for a remote mentorship model

[25:06] The benefits and challenges of remote hiring

About Our Guest

Kapil Kale, a long-time entrepreneur, is a Co-Founder and the COO at Tremendous. He started working in hybrid and remote environments in 2015. Kapil and his team at Tremendous are demonstrating that success does not have to come at the expense of employees’ happiness, a healthy work-life balance is good for the bottom line.

Connect with Kapil Kale

On LinkedIn

Tremendous Website

Resources Mentioned:

Qatalog Work Hub – Find what you need, see who’s working on what, and get updates on where things are at, without the endless stream of emails and pings coming from everywhere. Sign up now at Qatalog.com for a free 30-day trial, for you and your team.

Catch up with the Remote First Podcast Episode 43. Should we pay based on location? w/ Sondre Rasch, Safety Wing.

 



Latest Episodes

February 8, 2022

30. Transforming work w/ Tracy Hawkins, Twitter

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January 25, 2022

29. New Year, New Expectations w/ Modern Leaders

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December 6, 2021

28. Unlearning the way we work w/ Alastair Simpson, Dropbox

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November 22, 2021

27. Wellbeing over climbing the ladder w/Dominic Price, Atlassian

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November 8, 2021

26. Closing the gender gap with transparent salaries. w/ Jenny Terry, Buffer

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October 25, 2021

25. Hyper-growth while fully-remote w/ Camilla Boyer, Hopin

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October 18, 2021

24. Asynchronous audio meetings w/ YAC

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October 11, 2021

23. Implement your remote-first vision w/ Darren Murph, Gitlab

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September 13, 2021

22. Building an equitable culture w/ Eimear Marrinan, Hubspot

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August 30, 2021

21. Equity in a hybrid workplace w/ Samantha Fisher, Okta

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November 15, 2022

50. Overcoming the Meeting Mania w/ Stephanie Dismore, HP

There is a true meeting mania in many organizations and workplaces today. With the rise of remote and hybrid work, having multiple meetings every day has become the norm and this is clearly taking a heavy toll on workers everywhere.

Today, we have Stephanie Dismore, the Managing Director of HP in North America. She is passionate about the health and well-being of HP’s employees and is helping pave the way to the future of hybrid work.

In this episode, we talked about this meeting mania and the impacts it has on employees around the world. We considered the challenges involved in how we engage in the corporate world and thought up some solutions to make hybrid meetings more inclusive. 

Most importantly, Stephanie shared with us how she is tackling this mania as an employee health and wellness issue and how she is changing the meeting culture and mindset at HP by giving employees the autonomy and flexibility to figure out what works for them. 

In this episode:

[03:09] What remote first means at HP

[05:27] Understanding the current meeting mania and its impacts

[11:53] How Stephanie is changing the meeting culture and mindset at HP

[22:08] Hybrid meetings: challenges and solutions to create equality for both those in-person and remote

[33:29] How HP is tackling this as an employee health and wellness issue

About Our Guest

Stephanie Dismore is Senior Vice President and Managing Director for North America, at HP Inc. In this role, she is responsible for leading all aspects of HP’s market strategy and managing the multibillion-dollar P&L for the company’s largest geographic region. She is passionate about the health and well-being of HP’s employees and is helping pave the way to the future of hybrid work.

Connect with Stephanie Dismore

On LinkedIn

HP Website

Resources Mentioned:

Qatalog Work Hub – Find what you need, see who’s working on what, and get updates on where things are at, without the endless stream of emails and pings coming from everywhere. Sign up now at Qatalog.com for a free 30-day trial, for you and your team.

--- Other resources mentioned in this episode:

Stephanie mentions two studies during the episode that provide important data and information for those who are interested in the future of work:

1. Microsoft’s 2022 Work Trend Index Special Report

2. Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For

To learn more about Poly, the company they acquired to pave the way to creating the hybrid work experiences of the future, go to: poly.com




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November 1, 2022

49. When Gen Z meets Remote Work w/ tl;dv // Startup Series

We’ve all probably suffered through the dreadful reality of having too many meetings on our plate, and it’s even worse when they’re all live and close together. Thankfully, there is now a better way to do meetings.

In this episode of the Startup Series, we have Raphael Allstadt the Co-Founder of tl;dv, a company and product that are challenging the old ways of thinking about meetings and improving the meeting culture in remote companies.

Tune in to learn all about this tool and how it is helping make remote work work, by solving the problem of knowledge management and transparency when it comes to content in video format, and by changing the role of meetings in remote companies.

In this episode:

[05:16] What the tl;dv tool offers

[07:05] How tl;dv came to be 

[08:24] Creating transparency through the “Google for meetings” feature

[12:51] Some ideas for the future of tl;dv

[15:18] The idea behind the name and what tl;dv actually stands for

[19:33] The Gen Z mindset and the new experience of work

About Our Guest

Raphael Allstadt is the Co-Founder at tl;dv, where he takes care of Product, Marketing and overall Strategy and Fundraising.

Connect with Raphael Allstadt

On LinkedIn

tl;dv Website

Instagram @tldview

TikTok @tldview

Resources Mentioned:

Qatalog Work Hub – Find what you need, see who’s working on what, and get updates on where things are at, without the endless stream of emails and pings coming from everywhere. Sign up now at Qatalog.com for a free 30-day trial, for you and your team.


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October 18, 2022

48. Building a Culture of Learning w/ 5Mins // Startup Series

Welcome to another episode of the Startup Series. Discover how the startup 5Mins can help build a culture of learning in your remote-first organization. 

Today, we have Saurav Chopra, the founder, and CEO of 5Mins. This startup is a bite-sized learning platform that focuses on building a learning culture within teams and organizations. 

In this episode, we talked about the key principles of learning, how to overcome the fundamental problems with learning at work, and how to unlock the full potential of individuals within your organization by nurturing curiosity to build a culture of learning and innovation.

In this episode:

[01:30] How 5Mins uses personalized learning paths and bite-sized lessons to build a culture of learning

[9:13] The key principles of learning: chunking, repetition, and recall 

[10:51] The fundamental problems with learning engagement at work and how to overcome them

[17:00] The importance of individualized learning for each role within a company and how management can integrate peer learning to create change and progress within an organization 

[23:22] Why curiosity needs to be embraced as a core value within an organization to build a culture of learning and innovation

About Our Guest

Saurav Chopra is the founder and CEO of 5Mins – a startup with the mission to nurture human curiosity to build a culture of learning within organizations. 5Mins helps people unlock their true potential. 

Connect with Saurav Chopra

On LinkedIn

5Mins Website

Resources Mentioned:

Qatalog Work Hub – Find what you need, see who’s working on what, and get updates on where things are at, without the endless stream of emails and pings coming from everywhere. Sign up now at Qatalog.com for a free 30-day trial, for you and your team.

--- Other resources mentioned in this episode:

Apple App Store:  5Mins App  

Google Play Store:  5Mins App

Duolingo 

Our Guests

This podcast features interviews with leaders of the industry who will provide insights into a long-term transformation from traditional office work to remote work.

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Elastic

Leah Sutton

Slack

Brian Elliott

Okta

Samantha Fisher

MillerKnoll

Ryan Anderson

Hubspot

Eimear Marrinan

Dropbox

Alastair Simpson

Shopify

Maureen Burke

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Twitter

Tracy Hawkins

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The Host

Daphnée Laforest

Daphnée is a Distributed Workplace Consultant who is on a mission to help executives, people ops and team leaders drive a company-wide shift toward remote-first ways of working. Within 10 years of experience in fully distributed companies, she played key roles in establishing scalable workflows for growth, facilitating business decisions remotely and building internal products dedicated to digital-first teams.

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