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Ep. 44

How to increase productivity as a remote worker

How can you leverage social accountability remotely?

After Taylor Jacobson started to work remotely and could not find an effective tool to help with his procrastination, he created it himself.
Focusmate aims to increase remote workers' well-being and productivity by pairing them up in co-working sessions.
In this episode, Taylor shares scientific insights behind stress and productivity and gives tips on how remote workers can leverage them.
Topics we also discussed:
  • The founding story of Focusmate
  • Stress signals to look out for
  • Defining focus
  • The science of Focusmate
Check the full transcript here.
Stay tuned for the next episode with Kim Hansen from Cake Equity on structuring equity in a remote team.

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.

Taylor Jacobson

CEO and Founder
Taylor is the Founder and CEO of social productivity startup Focusmate and an executive and mentor.
After not being able to find a viable solution for his procrastination and PTSD, set out to create it himself and founded Focusmate.
His work on productivity and stress has been featured in The New York Times, GQ, CNN, The Huffington Post, The New Yorker, Forbes,, Men's Health, and more.
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