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

November 29, 2022


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:

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