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Scott Hanselman Works Remotely

9
Years Remote
Home
Preferred Workspace
Portland, OR
Home Base

Program Manager,
Microsoft

Fulltime Remote Worker
Employee
*All figures approximate as of October 2016
Scott Hanselman
Interview with Remote.co

I started 9 years ago at Microsoft because I wanted to work there on Open Source but I didn’t want to move to Seattle. I was born in Portland and this is where we’re staying. It wasn’t negotiable. All our people are here.

Remember that it’s gonna suck. They’ll forget you exist, they’ll ask “when are you coming up next,” and they don’t know how to set up the camera.

Just pushed and pushed, while trying to provide as much value as possible. Built robots, made roomba cams, tried portals, showed I was dedicated to solving the remote issue.

I drop off and pick up my kids at school every day.

I miss major conversations that happen spontaneously in the hallway.

Yes, mostly 9-4/5 then a little more from 10 p.m.-midnight.

I walk around when I’m distracted then come back when I’m ready again.

Folks will ask you, WHILE THEY ARE ON A VIDEO CALL WITH YOU, “When are you coming up next?” What is it that we can’t talk about right now? Why postpone for weeks? Remotes are often second-class citizens.

I honestly don’t know. It would depend on the job. Likely I’d be remote a few days a week.

I go to user groups, code camps, conferences, meetups, have lunch with lots of different folks doing different work.

Twitter, iMessage, Skype, basically anything but LinkedIn.

New York and anywhere in Northern Europe. Norway and Denmark are fab.