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Ep. 5

Effectively working and managing teams remotely

Effectively managing your team and your own goals remotely is a very different challenge than doing so in an office environment. Danielle shares the lessons she learned while founding several remote companies, working in the startup scene for close to a decade, and now working as Senior Director of Growth for the biggest remote company in the world. 

In this episode, we are joined by Danielle Morrill, a former YC graduate and now Senior Director of Growth Marketing at GitLab. With her, we are exploring the difficulties of managing your own schedule and your remote team effectively. 
Topics discussed: 
  • Danielle's approach to productivity.
  • Calculating your "effective hourly rate."
  • Avoiding the two pitfalls of procrastination and overworking remotely.
  • Establishing an environment of trust when managing a remote team.
  • Effective scheduling.
  • Avoiding burnout as a founder.
If you are a remote founder, employee or managing a remote team, this episode offers advice for finding the right work-life balance, and effectively communicating with your team members remotely. Danielle shares the lessons she learned on how to avoid common pitfalls and tackle challenges while working and managing remotely.
Stay tuned for the next episode, in which we will be joined by Steph Smith — Head of the Hustle’s and rising remote work evangelist. He'll explain the process of identifying and leveraging trends as a remote company as well as meaningful trends in the realm of remote work itself. 

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.

Danielle Morrill

Senior Director of Growth Marketing
Danielle Morrill is a former YC graduate and now a Senior Director of Growth Marketing at GitLab. Before joining GitLab, Danielle was involved in several startups, became a YC graduate, and founded Mattermark, which was acquired by FullContact in 2017. Besides working as the Head of Growth full-time for GitLab, she is also an Angel investor, Blogger, and founder of an investing Newsletter A Ticker A Day.
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