Way to Work: Distributed Companies
Earlier this week I posted on my Facebook page a status that said: “Not sure why companies encourage people to sit at a desk all day. My best ideas/clarity come from swimming laps and strolling streets.” I was shocked how much positive reaction it got. To me it seems common sense, but at my old job even when I went to the gym for lunch, I remember feeling the sense of guilt when I wasn’t at my desk (despite the great dose of sanity it gave me each day to get away). But why? These days I still waiver back and forth between the benefits of “real jobs” (salary/stability) and the freelance piecemeal life I lead. But Sara Rosso‘s talk at Le Web last week seemed to be a perfect solution. She works for Automattic (WordPress.com) which is a completely distributed company, where their employees are located all over the world (she’s in Milan), and they don’t even have any offices. Her 5 minute Ignite talk—a fantastic format for giving presentations—does a great job of talking about how distributed companies are the way of the future.
One of my favorite projects I’m working on that is set to launch in the next couple months is completely distributed. It’s pretty amazing to be able to pull together a project linked between San Francisco, DC and Paris. Can’t wait to tell you about it when it launches!
By the way, you can find Sara on BOARDING PASS too!