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Remote Work at Doist

% Remote
Team Members
Porto, Portugal
*As of August 2015
Doist Remote Company Q&A
Amir Salihefendic, Founder Interview with Remote.co

Todoist is one of the most popular todo apps. People use Todoist to manage their life and to accomplish more (both personally and professionally).

It’s the foundation of our company. There is no way we could have hired so many talented people from only one location.

I would say it’s following:

  • Access to amazing talent which is very hard to find in only one location
  • Not competing against huge companies or companies with a lot of funding
  • More freedom to the workforce, for example, people at Doist aren’t forced to work from 9 to 5 (since it makes little sense in a remote company)
  • Hiring many different cultures: I think this affects the products you create. The world is becoming very connected and it’s important to make stuff that everybody can enjoy — regardless of their race, gender, culture or origin

Remote work makes it possible to find and attract amazing people around the world — without forcing them to relocate, to deal with visa issues etc.

It also makes it possible to provide great benefits to all of our employees, such as flexible work hours.

It’s a huge plus if they have worked in a remote position before.

We look at the work they have produced — in the end, that’s the only thing that matters.

People can use whatever they want. We even have a $2000 USD hardware budget where people can buy hardware they want.

It’s 25 paid vacation days per year + all the national holidays.

The team was started as a remote work team. So we didn’t really implement anything. It came naturally and organically.

It’s possible, but it’s difficult.

Some of the stuff we try are: we celebrate birthdays, we have non-work-released hangouts. In September, we are also planning a big company retreat, where everyone from Doist will meet on an island of Spain.

I don’t think you can become “partially” remote. You either commit fully to it or you don’t.

In a remote environment you must make discussions and information available to everyone — and not only for those that are in the office. You must also evaluate work in a different way since you don’t know how many hours people have worked.

Communication and culture are some of the most challenging things.

This said, I think non-remote teams have the same problems. 🙂

We are working towards addressing these and currently we don’t have a blueprint on what the best solution is.

We use Slack, Todoist and Teamcom (our new and not released communication tool for teams).

It’s difficult since I love my job and I could spend all my time on it.

This said, I try to work for about 8 to 10 hours per day. Rest is spent reading, learning, surfing, watching movies, etc.

I would say it’s “Crossing the Chasm” by Geoffrey A. Moore. It’s one of the first business books I read and it was very insightful. The book is about how to bring cutting-edge products to large markets.