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Startup Freedom

Its been an year since I joined SupportBee and the kind of learnings is huge. I want to share some of the highlights of these learnings.

Usually the word 'freedom' has always been associated with startups, but at SupportBee we take it to new heights. To give a perspective, in the last year I have worked from four different cities without losing much of productivity. The concept of office has been taken out of the four walls (or cubicle) and pushed out to the wilderness. (You can work from the space station if you want ;) ). These philosophies line up with those of successful companies like 37Signals as clearly stated by Jason Fried, CEO of 37Signals in the following TED talk.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jasonfriedwhyworkdoesnthappenatwork.html

My time at SupportBee has taken me from Bangalore to New Delhi to Santiago, Chile to my current location of Valparaiso, Chile. My current 'office' looks something like this

And to top it all, the locations of my team members are entirely different.

Processes

We follow certain processes which allows us to be flexible.

When I started out a SupportBee in Bangalore we had an office where we used to work out off. Even though the entire team was in the same room all conversations used to happen through a group chat tool called Campfire. More Info

The advantage of this is two fold:
+ The obvious advantage of this is that it immediately removes the need to actaully talk to get this done. + Secondly it serves as a documentation of all the discussions or decisions made every day.

The other tool which helps us keep all our tasks streamlined is PivotalTracker.

All the discussions in group chats or Google Docs end up as a task in this tool which can be picked up by anyone who wants to work on it. Again this removes the need for any kind of interaction to get things done. This particularly helps if the team is spread round the world and work from different time zones.

These processes have helped us to make the world our office. Now this is the 'freedom' I am not ready to lose. Exciting days ahead..

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