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Building Distributed Teams – Team Communication

This is the fifth post in my series on Building Distributed Teams. So far, we’ve covered why you need to be building a distributed team,  what makes an ideal distributed team member, individual vs pods when hiring and team leadership. As a reminder, this series is focused on building a distributed technology product team. While the principles here might […]

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Building Distributed Teams – Team Leadership

This is the fourth post in my series on Building Distributed Teams. So far, we’ve covered why you need to be building a distributed team,  what makes an ideal distributed team member, and individual vs pods when hiring. As a reminder, this series is focused on building a distributed technology product team. While the principles here […]

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February 2017 Must-Haves

Each month I provide a list of resources (podcasts, talks, blog posts, books, music etc.) that I consider to be must-haves. There’s no doubt that you’ll see recurring themes or resources throughout these posts. I publish my Must-Haves on the closest Tuesday or Friday to the 15th of every month. Here’s my February 2017 Must-Haves […]

The Scott Barstow Show, Episode #030 – Andrew Bagrin, CEO and founder of My Digital Shield

My guest for this episode is Andrew Bagrin, CEO and founder of My Digital Shield. My Digital Shield is revolutionizing how small and medium businesses protect themselves from cyber threats. By deploying minimal infrastructure at the customer’s location and utilizing the best of cloud technologies, My Digital Shield is bringing cyber security usually reserved for […]

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Building Distributed Teams – Individuals vs. Pods

This is the third post in my series on Building Distributed Teams. So far, we’ve covered why you need to be building a distributed team and what makes an ideal distributed team member. In this post, we’re going to talk about how you build out the team. There are generally two approaches: Hire individuals or […]

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Building Distributed Teams – What Makes the Ideal Team Member?

This is the second post in my series on building a distributed team. Part one is here. Nothing kills a distributed team faster than hiring the wrong kind of team member. There are a few characteristics that I’ve found over the years to be critical when hiring a distributed team: They are clear communicators They […]

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Moving off of Upwork with a Contractor

Pardon the brief interruption in my series on building distributed teams. I’ve been battling the flu this week and am just now emerging from the fog. Distributed Teams will resume in my next post. I got this question from a reader and, since it is relatively simple to answer, I’m tackling it while I get back […]

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Building Distributed Teams – Why You, Why Now

This is part one in a series of posts on building distributed teams. For purposes of this series, I will be talking specifically about building distributed technology product teams. If you asked 100 CEOs of technology product companies what the number one problem they’re facing is, 99 of them would say “Finding and building a […]

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Building Distributed Teams

I use the words “remote” and “distributed” interchangeably in this article. Both terms mean working for you full time (or maybe part time) but not in your office with you.  I wanted to clarify because there can be confusion. With that… I am a huge fan of building distributed / remote teams as a way […]

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The Scott Barstow Show, Episode #029 – Tim Sinclair, CEO and Founder of RINGR

“I would rather fail at greatness than succeed at mediocrity” – Tim Sinclair My guest for this episode is Tim Sinclair,  CEO and founder of RINGR. RINGR is an audio recording application used by thousands of podcasters and journalists to record high quality audio interviews. RINGR has developed some unique, patented intellectual property that makes recording […]

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