Outside The Valley

Outside The Valley

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In this podcast, we interview remote startup leaders, remote work advocates and CEOs of distributed teams who thrive outside of Silicon Valley.


Ken Weary (Hotjar) - How to Regain Productivity in Your Remote Team
Feb 25 • 48 min
Today we have Ken Weary, VP of Operations at Hotjar! In this episode, we talked about the reason why Hotjar prefers asynchronous communication, why software tools aren’t as important, and the “Tribes” system Hotjar uses in project ownership. We also…
Fred Perrotta (Tortuga Backpacks) - Encourage Remote Team Risk-Taking
Feb 17 • 51 min
Today we have Fred Perrotta, Co-founder and CEO of Tortuga Backpacks! In this episode, we talked about the challenges of developing a physical product when you’re a 100% distributed team, building an epic place to work, and applying the principle of…
Jesse Mecham (YNAB) - Building a Helpful & Kind Remote Team Culture
Feb 11 • 43 min
Today we have Jesse Mecham, Founder and CEO of You Need A Budget (YNAB)! In this episode, we talked about how Jesse started YNAB in 2004 and how it evolved to be a remote company, his approach in delivering feedback and criticism, and the deliberate steps…
Max Makeev (Owl Labs) - Making Remote Meetings Better
Feb 4 • 58 min
Today we have Max Makeev, Co-founder of Owl Labs, the company that created the Meeting Owl. This is the first-ever episode that we recorded live in Arc’s office, so the audio is noticeably different! In this episode, we covered how their flagship product,…
Laura Roeder (MeetEdgar) - How to Build a Company That Doesn’t Need You
Jan 21 • 54 min
Today we have Laura Roeder, CEO and founder of MeetEdgar! In this episode we covered how Laura built a company that can run without her, why MeetEdgar has a “CEO” _and_ a “President,” and the importance of transparency in company culture. We also talked…
Kieran Flanagan (HubSpot) - Remote Work as a Growth Lever
Jan 13 • 46 min
Welcome back to Outside The Valley! For our first episode in 2020, we have Kieran Flanagan, VP of Marketing at HubSpot and host of the Growth TL;DR podcast! In this episode, Kieran talked about how remote work had helped him in his life, why he thinks…
Tammy Bjelland (Workplaceless) - Leveling Up Your Company with Remote Work
Dec 10, 2019 • 49 min
This week on Outside The Valley we have Tammy Bjelland, CEO and Founder of Workplaceless, a company that helps remote professionals, managers, and organizations to thrive in a remote setting. Tammy shares about how she got into advocating for remote work,…
Liam Martin (Time Doctor) - How to Be a “Remote Executive”
Dec 3, 2019 • 68 min
This week on the show, we have Liam Martin, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Time Doctor and Staff.com. He is also the co-organizer of the Running Remote conference, the biggest conference on distributed teams and remote work. Liam shares his…
Eddie Zaneski (Digital Ocean) - Fostering Remote Developer Communities
Nov 27, 2019 • 39 min
This week we are joined by Eddie Zaneski, Manager of Developer Relations at DigitalOcean! This episode is quite special, because we’re focusing on one single job position, which is, you guessed it: Developer Relations. We talk about how Developer…
Megan Chinburg (Help Scout) - A Look Into Help Scout’s Hiring Process
Nov 20, 2019 • 52 min
Today on Outside The Valley we have Megan Chinburg, VP of Engineering at Help Scout! We talked about Help Scout’s hiring and onboarding process from start to finish, with a discussion around the “value screening” stage, and how Help Scout makes sure to…
Hailley Griffis (Buffer) - A Peek Into Buffer’s Open Culture
Nov 12, 2019 • 56 min
Today on Outside The Valley we have Hailley Griffis, Head of Public Relations at Buffer. We discuss the culture of transparency and openness within Buffer, including how it affects the company’s marketing and hiring, how remote work affects Hailley’s…
John Doherty (Credo) - Communicating Expectations Well
Nov 5, 2019 • 40 min
Today on the show, we have the CEO and Founder of Credo, John Doherty. Credo is a platform where you can hire reliable, vetted marketing professionals. This week’s episode is less about remote work itself, but more about managing and communicating…
Peldi (Balsamiq) - Continuous Learning as a Company DNA
Oct 29, 2019 • 49 min
Today I’m joined by Giacomo “Peldi” Guilizzoni, the CEO of Balsamiq. In this episode, we talked about Balsamiq’s culture (specifically around the core value of continuous learning and the importance of experiments), the growing pains Peldi experienced as…
Hiten Shah (FYI) - Figuring Out Your Own Remote Work Structure
Oct 22, 2019 • 35 min
Today on the show we have Hiten Shah, founder and CEO of FYI. Hiten was also the founder of tech startups like Kissmetrics, Crazy Egg, and Quick Sprout. We talked about how Hiten has been leading remote teams since 2003, FYI’s Remote Work report, the…
Ho Yin Cheung (Remo) - Transitioning to Become a Remote Startup Leader: Challenges and Tips
Oct 15, 2019 • 55 min
Today I’m joined by Ho Yin Cheung, the founder, and CEO of Remo, a tool that helps you organize virtual events and office space, and Riotly Social Media, an Instagram social media agency. We discussed the challenges Ho Yin faced when he began…
Andreas Klinger (Angel List) - Why Hiring Outside Silicon Valley is The New Normal
Oct 8, 2019 • 56 min
Today on the show we have Andreas Klinger, the Head of Remote at AngelList, and one of the founding team members of Product Hunt. We talk about why hiring Silicon Valley engineers is now mostly a liability, how to systemize trust within remote teams, why…
Justin Mitchell (YAC Chat) - Using Voice to Bring “High-Resolution Communication” to Remote Teams
Oct 1, 2019 • 52 min
Today on the show, we have Justin Mitchell. Justin is the founder and CEO of YAC Chat, a voice collaboration tool for remote teams. He’s also a founder of SoFriendly, a software development company based in Florida. We’re going to dive into how Justin got…
Krister Haav (Toggl) - Creating a Fun and Playful Culture in Remote Teams
Sep 24, 2019 • 44 min
Today on the show we have Krister Haav, the CEO of Toggl, a simple (yet powerful) time tracker that helps you learn how much your time is worth. If you’re familiar with Toggl, you’ve probably already noticed that they have a super playful brand. They’re…
Mark Faggiano (TaxJar) - How TaxJar Creates A Remote Culture by Prioritizing Employee Experience
Sep 16, 2019 • 48 min
Today I’m joined by Mark Faggiano, the founder and CEO of TaxJar, a 100% distributed SaaS company that helps businesses automate their sales tax calculations and filing. We talked about Mark’s genuine passion for remote work, why he personally handled new…
Claire Lew (Know Your Team) - How To Build Social Connections & Trust In Remote Teams
Sep 16, 2019 • 43 min
Today we have Claire Lew on the show! Claire is the founder and CEO of Know Your Team, software that helps you become a better leader for your company. We talked about building trust and social connections in a remote team, how you can be a better…