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Ep. 31

The story of SafetyWing

How will the idea of a home country online turn into a reality?

We are flipping the script for this episode and interviewing Sondre Rasch, our Building Remotely host and the Co-Founder and CEO of SafetyWing. Their fully remote team is building a software-based safety net for everyone in the world, with an ambitious end goal - the first country online.
We discussed:
  • Why build remotely first
  • SafetyWing's origin story
  • The YC application process
  • How to scale your remote startup from 3 to 100 team members
  • The impact of the pandemic on company's growth
  • Building from scratch without relying on outdated traditional government systems.
Find the full transcript here.
We're starting 2022 with another season of Building Remotely, so stay tuned!

About your hosts

Sam Laliberte

Founder and host
Freedom Lifestyle
Sam is the founder of the Freedom Lifestyle community and podcast series about the movement and entrepreneurial shift towards freedom in life and work. As a podcast producer and strategist, she helps other creators start and grow their podcasts.

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.
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