Job Type: Design
The macro shift of the workforce to remote is happening at a staggering pace, but teams aren’t adapting quickly enough to this new normal. Working remotely brings new challenges that hurt team happiness and productivity.
It's hard to get to know and bond with your team
Much of human communication is non-verbal: when we interact with others we subconsciously observe subtle gestures and tone of voice, intuiting feeling and emotion, adding depth to the words being spoken. This helps us connect with the people we work with.
A lot of this lost in the shift to remote. Teams spend time on Zoom, which approximates higher bandwidth moments, but they are scheduled and fleeting, leaving no space for the serendipity or peripheral awareness that happens in person.
→ We are helping remote teams get to know each other through simple and playful interactions which are usually only possible if everyone were in the same room.
It's hard to understand what everyone is working on
Many teams are trying to work remotely the same way they did in person but synchronous workflows often don't work well in remote setups. When a team's size grows beyond Dunbar's number they experience a breakdown in information flow: it becomes difficult for team members to understand how their company is doing and what everyone is working on. We've learned from successful remote teams that this breakdown happens much earlier, and with far fewer people, and can be solved through a culture of trust and discipline.
→ We are helping teams work better remotely by building tools that help them implement the best known playbook for remote work.
We're Matt and Jan and at the very beginning of our journey – it's just the two of us. Before building Base we started our own companies which both were acquired by Dropbox. That's where we met and became good friends.
We enjoy creating intuitive software and share backgrounds across product, engineering and design. Before starting Base we had fun exploring other ideas and built a bookmarking app called Dumpster. We've been fascinated by remote work for years and our experience building Dumpster between New York and San Francisco reinforced our confidence the future of work will be increasingly remote and asynchronous. We decided to double down on this insight and closed our seed round earlier this year. Our team will grow to ~15 like-minded folks over the next 2-3 years.
Matthew Blackshaw, Co-CEO (Eng / Product) - San Francisco
Jan Senderek, Co-CEO (Design / Product) - Berlin / NYC
Remote teams play by different rules. Without a physical office we don't need to worry about where someone lives, only finding the very best people for our team. We are also big proponents of async communication as it allows the team to make fast progress without the endless meetings. We prefer communicating in writing, rather than spoken words, which not only is a perfect match for remote teams, but also enforces a culture of transparency and openness. In our experience this results in fewer meetings and more time to focus.
Another perk is that instead of spending on an office, we can take team trips – a great way to create meaningful connections. Being remote also means everyone can create their own version of the perfect office, working from anywhere and at any time they want, allowing for a much improved work-life-balance.
Does any of this jive with you? We'd love to chat! Send us an email at email@example.com, tell us a little about yourself and why you'd like to learn more about Base. Our open positions are below, but we don't like putting people boxes, so even if you don't match exactly please still reach out!