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Leadership lessons from building a remote team

Practical lessons about team building and leadership from growing a fully remote team spreading across 30 countries. The Toggl story.

Toggl is one of the best know fully remote companies out there. What is less known is that 5 years ago Toggl was a regular co-located software company operating from a hip downtown office in Tallinn, Estonia. Then one day it became painfully clear that there was a deficit of developers in Estonia, and that the company was becoming too monocultural. Our users were all over the world, but our hiring radius was 10 km. We wanted more diversity and different perspectives. After some deliberation a decision was made to start hiring globally and to let everyone work remotely. What ensued was an epic transition from 20 people in the Tallinn office to 100 remote team members in 30 countries. This talk is about the many leadership lessons learned on this journey and about keeping a strong company culture while only seeing your team face-to-face a few times a year.


> Skill level: intermediate
> Duration: 25 min


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Evelin Andrespok

She has spearheaded designing the company culture in transition from a small co-located crew to a fully remote team of 100 people in 30 countries during the fast-paced growth of the business. The future of work is already present in her daily life. Evelin’s passion is building supportive relationships and environments that enable people to do their best work. She writes about remote work in her blog https://medium.com/@EvelinAndrespok.

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