Companies who go Remote First Will Beat Competitors Who Move Slowly

Jan 10, 2020

Companies who go Remote First Will Beat Competitors Who Move Slowly

There's a first-mover advantage in going remote-first before anyone else.

All the smartest people I know personally plan to work remotely this decade

All the best companies I know personally plan to hire remotely this decade

Remote-first companies will attract the most talented people from office-first companies.

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% of the world’s talent.

Remote teams can hire the best person they can afford on the planet.

⭐Great Talent

The most talented people are stipulating remote work as a condition of employment. Companies who don’t provide this won’t be able to attract the best people.

Companies who don’t give this to their existing workers will lose their most talented people to their biggest competitors.

🚦Changing Preferences

The smartest people I know personally ALL plan to work remotely in the next decade.

The most interesting companies I know personally *ALL* plan to hire remote workers in the next decade.

Remote will be the dominant workplace of the best companies and people.


Office-first companies won’t be able to compete with remote-first companies in terms of efficiency, both economic and operationally. Not only will remote-first companies increase their average level of talent with each hire, they will be far more cost-efficient. City living is subsidized by companies, leading to a lower disposable and quality of life.

💰Real Estate Cost

Office-first companies spend $18,400 on average, per workplace, per person

The best remote setup on the planet costs $2,000 per year, coffee included.

Remote is $16,400 less a year, per team member, or a $16.4m saving per 1,000 workers.

🚨Asynchronous Fist

Offices are instantaneous gratification adult kids clubs where it’s impossible to focus and do deep work without distraction.

Remote gives you the optimum workspace you need to do your best work.

⌛Output over Time

The only metric bad middle managers use to measure performance is time spent in the office.

Remote work is about how much work you get done focussing on productivity.

Remote-first companies will become far more talented than office-first companies incredibly quickly

Remote work isn’t a new way of working

Remote work is a new way of living

Unshackling people from sitting in a pollution emitting metal box for 2 hours a day commuting to a distraction factory adult kids club where you waste your days not doing anything and padding out an 8 hour day before you go home and have no time left.

The office is great because of reasons that have nothing to do with work

Remote is great because you get work done while living your life

Millions of people are about to realize how much easier it is to do great work quicker when you’re not in an office, which is going to make it incredibly difficult to go back to the office. There are advantages to office working but everything true for the office is true to a greater or lesser extent for working remotely as well. The difference is that the benefits of remote work are not typically available to people who work from an office.

Every day I hear awesome things remote has let people do

Caring for a family member, having the freedom to surf at lunch, seeing your Childs 1st steps, allowing people to work who physically couldn't in an office.

Real human stories with a massive impact and noticeable implications on happiness.

Remote work is about health and well being, happiness and joy, time and freedom

Companies who appreciate this will dominate the 2020s

The biggest challenge for companies is that setting a remote team up for success is expensive, time-consuming, and making sure workers are safer more comfortable and productive at home than they could be in an office is hard.

This holds companies back who would transition if it was easy

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