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Ep. 17

Cultivating and scaling culture remotely

Creating a healthy, productive and enjoyable company culture is one of the biggest challenges for remote companies.

Additionally, many startups struggle to preserve their initial passion and sense of belonging once they outgrow their original core team. As the Director of Culture and Innovation at TaxJar, Darcy has extensive experience in successfully fostering and scaling culture remotely. "As TaxJar’s higher purpose states - I’m truly in pursuit of better."
Together with Darcy, we discussed:
  • What defines company culture and 4 different types of it
  • How to hire based on values
  • How to find a company that matches your values
  • Emulating the watercooler remotely
  • How to measure the success of your culture
  • How TaxJar preserved their culture while scaling to over 150 remote employees.
You can find the full transcript here!
Stay tuned for the next episode, in which we chat with Will Mercer from the Umaya Village about the creation of a hamlet for the new remote workforce.
What should we talk about next? We love hearing feedback and suggestions about our previous and future episodes, so send us an email at with any thoughts, ideas or guests we should host.
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About your hosts

Sondre Rasch

Co-founder & CEO
Sondre co-founded SafetyWing together with Sarah Sandnes and Hans Kjellby. Born in Bergen, Norway, he studied economics and computer science, before starting work as a policy advisor for the government of Norway advising on social policies. After getting frustrated with the slow pace of government change, Sondre first founded SuperSide (YC W16), a platform for freelance designers. It was here he discovered the lack of a safety net for online remote workers. SafetyWing was then born with the aim of building a global social safety net.

Darcy Boles

Director of Culture and Innovation
Darcy is a Remote Work Pioneer named one of the Top 50 Remote Thought Leaders in 2019, and is currently the Director of Culture and Innovation at TaxJar. With a natural curiosity for what drives people to live the life they really want, she traveled to over 40 countries to learn more through cultural experiences and shared values. She cares about the well-being of remote teams and building a strong company culture.
“I believe that work doesn’t have to suck.”
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