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Ep. 15

The evolution of the virtual office

How important is virtual office space for team communication and collaboration?

Replicating the atmosphere of a physical office is damaging for remote teams that value the freedom to work from anywhere and have the flexibility to optimize how they work. But going remote doesn't have to mean losing out on the benefits of office space, like informal communication and the feeling of togetherness while working towards the same goal. We discussed the possibilities for further improvement in virtual office spaces with Flo, the founder and CEO of Teamflow (not inspired by his name, we already asked), who built a unique version of a virtual office that is completely customizable and something we've been using as a team at SafetyWing.
Together with Flo, we discussed:
  • The importance of spatial design when working together
  • Re-creating a “multi-player” layer remotely
  • Merging the virtual and the physical office.
You can find the full transcript here!
Stay tuned for the next episode, in which we will talk with Nacho Rodriguez from RePeople on creating an ecosystem for remote workers. 
What should we talk about next? We love hearing feedback and suggestions about our previous and future episodes, so send us an email at jakob@safetywing.com with any thoughts, ideas or guests we should host.

About your hosts

Sondre Rasch

Co-founder & CEO
SafetyWing
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.

Florent Crivello

CEO
TeamFlow
Flo is the founder and CEO of Teamflow - a virtual office for remote teams. Before creating Teamflow, he was the Product Manager at Uber. In his personal newsletter, he writes about philosophy, business strategy and technology to the community of over 12.000 people. 
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