Reimagining Remote Work with Flo Crivello, CEO of Teamflow
Flo believes that our new way of working calls for an entirely new set of tools.
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🎧 Episode #19 | Reimagining Remote Work with Flo Crivello, CEO of Teamflow
Flo Crivello is the CEO of Teamflow and a former engineer/head of product at Uber.
Remote work is here to stay
Flo Crivello describes humanity’s rapid adoption of remote work “the biggest shift in the workplace since the Industrial Revolution.” While Flo thinks we might sustain a ‘funky hybrid period’ while companies navigate an increasingly-vaccinated world, a few different trends suggest that remote work will be the status quo in the long run:
Remote companies can access a much larger talent pool than those rooted in specific places.
Employees save thousands of dollars annually by not commuting into the office.
Companies can save millions of dollars annually by avoiding the operating costs and rent of an office.
Parents and caretakers want the flexibility to be able to look after their loved ones.
Sophisticated tools (like Teamflow) have made it much more feasible for people to work from anywhere than would have been possible even 10 years ago.
Where current remote-work tools fall short
So many of the productivity tools that white-collar workers are familiar with today are primarily text-based. Email, Slack, and Google Docs all require us to become writers and readers. Flo believes this is an inefficient and unnatural way to communicate with one another. Not only do we speak 3-4 times faster than we type, but video is naturally much more intuitive for the human mind.
Current tools (especially messenger tools like Slack or Teams) also generate a lot of noise. Conversations are threaded and live in vacuums. While threading has its use cases, Flo sees a need for workplace discourse to be as organic as possible. He’s not alone: Facebook just announced its entry into the remote collaboration space last month.
Teamflow creates a virtual office that is fluid
Flo believes that a new way of working calls for an entirely new set of tools. In this conversation, we explore how employers can curate a new kind of space that looks virtual, but feels intimate and collaborative in the same way a traditional office does. More than anything, Teamflow strives to virtually recreate the spontaneity of hallway conversations and the joy of teamwork. In this conversation, we explore how and why Flo plans to achieve that ideal.
Mentioned in this Episode
Flo on Twitter
Flo mentioned a post about Spatial Interfaces, written by a designer at Snapchat.
Not Boring wrote an investment memo about Teamflow — you can also listen to The Deep End episode with Not Boring’s Packy McCormick
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