Not too long ago, teams almost always needed to be in the same physical location to work effectively. But today, it’s no longer unusual to work with team members spread across different time zones, countries, or even continents. In fact, remote work is on the rise, with more and more organizations opting for 100% distributed teams. Dell, Apple, U-Haul, Microsoft, and Buffer are just a few notable companies that have had a great deal of success operating with distributed teams.
Having the right communication and collaboration tools in place is vital to streamlining your processes as a remote team; however, managing a geographically dispersed team isn’t without its challenges. If you’re struggling to keep your team motivated and unified, there are ways to get your team back on track. I spoke to a few entrepreneurs to get their advice on how they’ve been able to manage their distributed teams successfully. Here’s what they had to say.
Create a repeatable onboarding process
When a new team member joins your remote team, it’s important to eliminate any feelings of isolation and set clear expectations from day one. Establishing an onboarding process is an essential part of this step. (more…)
I’m excited to introduce the Crossing Borders podcast (iTunes, Stitcher) where I share the stories of top entrepreneurs doing startups across borders and the investors who support them, with a focus on companies that have some relationship to Latin America.
Over the past 6+ years in Latin America, I’ve met entrepreneurs hailing from countries around the world doing business across borders. Some do business in Latin America. Others use Latin America as a base to target the US market.
They’re some of the most diverse, risk taking, trailblazing entrepreneurs in the world. But when I come back to the US, Latin American startups just aren’t on people’s radars.
They’re mostly stuck on stereotypes of corruption, narcos and failed states. They see Latin America as a monolith and couldn’t tell you the difference between Mexican, Chilean and Argentine food, much less the difference between each country’s business climate.
As Magma portfolio companies started to do business in the US and meet with US investors, they came across this same ignorance of Latin America and its entrepreneurs. US entrepreneurs and investors have slept on Latin America and are missing out on some of the most interesting entrepreneurs in the world. And some of the best stories. (more…)
Welcome to Crossing Borders with Nathan Lustig, where I interview entrepreneurs doing startups across borders and the investors who support them, with a focus on companies that have some relationship to Latin America. This is the first episode of what will be a weekly podcast.