On March 12th 2020 the world changed.

In the 15 months since remote work has accelerated 15 years into the future. Where prior to the pandemic only 3% of the US workforce worked remotely full-time, after the pandemic 10X that number will.

In number terms the change is enormous. 3–4M full-time workers operated remotely full-time in 2018. By 2030 that number looks set to grow to at least 80M workers. This should be considered the base case scenario. I expect that number to increase dramatically as millions of workers experience normal, healthy remote working for the first time.

What people have worked through in the last 15…

Several of the $Trillion-Dollar tech giants will be disrupted by remote work.

What happened to every company that didn’t adopt computers?
What happened to every company that didn’t implement Software?
What happened to every company that didn’t accept the internet?

What’s about to happen to every company that doesn’t embrace remote work?

Marc Andreessen wrote “why software is eating the world” a decade ago. What followed was the rise of an industry. Companies that didn’t adapt perished. Others continue to pay the price as they try to catch up on a decade of lost innovation.

Companies are about to be…

The question on every business leader’s mind right now is this: what will we do when offices can open again?

Over the last 12 months I spoke to over 2,000 companies about their plans for remote working after Covid.

This is what I learned.

  1. 🏢 HQ’s are finished: companies will cut their commercial office space by 50–70%. They will allow every worker to work from home 2–4 days a week, and come into the office 1–2 days a week
  2. 🌍 Fully distributed: ~30% of the companies we talk to are getting rid of the office entirely and going remote-firs. …

Today is an important day for Firstbase and all of us personally.

We are announcing a $2M Series Seed led by David Goldberg at Alpaca and a $13M Series A led by David Ulevitch at A16Z.

Joining A16Z and Alpaca, are Mike Cardamone and James Murphy (Acceleprise), Karen Page (GP at BCapital Group), Beth Turner (General Partner at SV Angel), Johnny Boufarhat (CEO at Hopin), Mac Reddin (CEO at Commsor), Austin Rief (CEO at Morning Brew), Rob Biederman (Chairman at Catalant), Ryan Simonetti (CEO at Convene), Alana Anderson (GP at BaseCase Capital), Andreas Klinger (GP at Remote First Capital), Adrian…

Companies who adopted technology 20 years ago replaced every company that didn’t.

Companies who adopt remote working will replace every company who doesn’t in 20 years.

The reason is incredibly simple: talent and efficiency.


Unless you are Google, Amazon, Facebook or Microsoft remote teams will be far more talented than any office-based team you can build. Talent wars will be won by companies that have great remote work capability, who will wield it to dominate the next decade:

📍Fixed Location

A physical office means you can hire the best person you can afford in a 30-mile radius, disqualifying you from 99.9% …

The future of where people work will be in giving them choice & flexibility.

90% never want to work in an office full-time again
80% want to work from home 3+ days every week
46% want to work from home most or all the time

What’s obvious, is that remote will play a massive part in work going forward.

HSBC announced a remote strategy led by a 40% reduction in office space. They will allow almost all their workers to work remotely, likely from home, for a significant period of the week. Many large companies will follow suit.

That is…

The rise of public announcements has been rapid. Almost daily we see a large tech company or global organization share that going forward that will be a “remote” company. The reality is that their actions will speak far louder than words ever could.

Some companies are paying lip service to something new in hopes of being rewarded for the clout that inevitably comes with it. Others are following through on what they’ve announced.

This brings us to the most important point around this transition to remote.

Whatever the leadership of a company does sets the culture of the company.

Leaders all in office? You’re an office first-culture
Leaders all remote? You’re a remote-first culture

Over the last 3 years, we’ve spoken to 100+ of the leading remote-first companies on the planet

These are the 20 lessons they taught us about how to build a great remote team

1. ✍️ Documentation: documentation is the unspoken superpower of remote teams

The most successful remote companies write down and record knowledge rather than lose it if people leave

Knowledge grows and is improved over time as everyone contributes to a repository of intelligence

2. 🚨 Asynchronous: remote work is a bridge to async work

The best remote companies aim to avoid replication of the disruptions of…

From the moment I picked up Jason Fried’s book ReWork I was hooked. Much like reading Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin whitepaper, I felt like I was peering into the future and immediately understood the possibilities of the revolution we are about to experience. I saw not just the potential for my own startup to embrace it as a means to hire world-class people we would otherwise have had no chance of attracting, but more generally as a chance for the future of work to be infinitely better than the soul-destroying, happiness-draining, time-consuming monster that office work has become.

Working in an…

I didn’t like my life.

I felt like something was wrong with me. For about 18 months I battled with that feeling, trying to escape it or find an explanation for why I felt that way.

This was what I had been led to believe a good life should be. School, university, good job, house, family. I’d ticked most of those boxes yet everything felt hollow.

What joy I felt came in fleeting moments I never had time to experience.

I left for work before my daughter woke up, increasingly arriving home after she went to bed, exhausted from a…

Chris Herd

CEO / Founder / Coach @FirstbaseHQ Empowering people to work in their lives not live at work ✌️✌

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