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    Microsoft is savage ๐Ÿคฃ

    Curious to see if we see the same dynamic on this that we did on Slack vs Teams... ๐Ÿค”

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      Haha, yes. It will be disheartening though to see Notion go down as Slack did because of Teams.

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      Makers

      Picmaker - @pradeep-2225

      Pumble - @anadodig-2223

      qube - @qube-2224

      Signal Flare - @mikeagar-2217

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        Makers

        Vaam - @goharavagyan-2054

        TestSigma - @lavanyac-2036

        TidyCal - @lukecannon-1988

        Swair - @chris-2053

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          โค๏ธmailchimp's approach. great model for others.ย 

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            Yes! I really like how they are focusing on flexibility and offering the choice to employees vs. managers. Hope they are able to execute well too.

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            Hey everyone!ย 
            I'm Kavya and I'm based in Singapore. I'm currently working on two things:

            1. Scaling up my side-project: https://resumey.pro/

            2. Building my UI/UX design portfolio

            Looking forward to interacting with the awesome community here!

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              Hi Kavya, I love your site! Welcome, and all the best.

              Cam

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                Hey Kavya,

                Welcome to the Clan!

                Resumey looks cool - All the best :)

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                Hi there!

                I'm Cam, the founder of JobTripper.com

                My love for time with family is what got me interested in remote work. I live in Australia, but have lived in Japan for several years. Who knows where I'll be in the future :)

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                  Hey Cam!

                  Welcome to the Clan and nice to connect again :)

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                  Great post Mark!

                  It's refreshing to see how each of these companies tweaked remote working to what suits best for them and didn't shy from experimenting at all.

                  It will be interesting to see how the larger companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft etc. fare in the coming months/years.

                  ย 

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                    I really appreciate the feedback Hrishikesh!! Remote work requires constant iterations to get right for many organizations and I think the ones with the most flexible policies will be the ones who stand to benefit the most.

                    Facebook and Microsoft should be fine, by Google and Apple might lose some talent in the process.ย 

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                    I am an open-source enthusiast, worked in open-source tech for startups and large firms. Currently working as a freelance tech guy.

                    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashishindia/ is me

                    ย 

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                      Glad to have you here, Ashish :)

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                      Hey Sally,

                      This is a great topic. I believe recognition of any form in a remote setting has to be very intentional. Peer-to-peer appreciation or recognition is even tougher to achieve unless you have some structures in place.

                      We're still a lean team and we're guilty of not having the best of structures around this. But I know 2 specific examples, which are fantastic executions of this.

                      1) InVision -- Employees get a specified amount per quarter that they can use to acknowledge people they work with. While the actual amount may be small, it builds in a habit to recognize your peers' work. They use a tool called Bonusly for this.

                      2) Basecamp -- They have a separate channel where people share their daily achievements and others can comment or react to the post. These aren't just work updates but things like "I solved a critical customer issue that was pending for xx weeks today"

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                        Hi Hrishikesh๐Ÿ‘‹

                        Thank you so much for sharing and building a great community to share and learn things from each other. I love this community and enjoy reading your newsletter. It feels so natural and human. I believe recognition of any form in a remote setting has to be very intentional.ย 
                        Iโ€™ve seen many other remote cultures suffer, and recognition can be a great way to create a virtuous cycle. Recognition is an effective way to motivate remote workers. Recognition increases their engagement and productivity. It increases their trust in you, which means that they feel more encouraged to give more effort in the long run.

                        It seems like your team is doing great! I checked out bonusly, the name sounds cheesy but its looks great! Does it have any downside tho? ย 

                        Thanks for sharing again! Keep up the amazing work =)

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                        Aren't extroverts also going to lose?

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                          They will still have a lot of options to engage with the local community. You can always work from nearby co-working spaces & coffee shops.

                          I did that regularly myself before the pandemic.

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                            agree... I guess I meant those who either get work done via or have a role that needs extraversion traits in the workplace ...ย 

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                            @hrishikesh Thanks a lot! ๐Ÿ˜€

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                            Hey Taras,

                            Looks like a great plan. Are you also planning to launch elsewhere, apart from PH that is?

                            Also, I think the most important part about PH is to get featured on the homepage. If you stuck in the "newest" section, there's not much you can do.

                            A popular hunter should help you do that. Some users have the power to hunt you on the homepage directly.

                            I've also seen/read that the PH team manually moves the products from "newest" to "featured" many times. So itย also helps to reach out to the PH team (through chat) so that your product gets noticed generally.

                            When are you planning to launch?

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                              Thanks for the reply!

                              I was thinking of just doing a ProductHunt launch for now and promoting it through forums and Twitter. Are there are any other places you'd recommend?

                              Yeah, I heard that too about popular hunters! I asked @ModernAfflatus to hunt me and he's happy to do it. Do you also recommend chatting to PH team (what should I say?)?

                              I was planning to do it today, but there was some work for Calbot I needed to do, so will probably do next Thursday. I wanted to share an update on Calbot here too since we launched on remote.tools last year :)

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                                So there's BetaList & Betapage which are quite similar to PH. But the traffic spike isn't great.

                                You can submit to these websites & other startup directories to just give your domain authority a bump.

                                In terms of launch, other good channels are HN (Show HN) & Reddit (sub reddits like r/sideProject & r/InternetIsBeautiful). But their rules are quite strict, so you might need to spend some time contributing to the forum first.

                                For PH, yes I feel chatting to the PH team before launch might help. There's no sure way of knowing it though. You can just ping them & ask for general feedback once you schedule your launch. And on launch day, if it doesn't get featured in an hour or so, you can ping them again asking if there's anything you could do to get it featured.

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                                  So much good stuff here! Thank you very much - will do these things before launch!

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                              Makers

                              Ricotta Trivia: @ajeya-1294

                              VirtualOffice.team: @nilsbraczko-1763

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                                Congrats @lorrainelee-1257 @andrew ๐Ÿ™Œ

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                                  Makers

                                  Tangle - @willmitchell-1708

                                  SnapFIT - @federico-drei

                                  Ensembl Talk - @victorwuheycom-1675

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                                    Congrats @dharmenshah-559 @alexandra-86 @hardikmakadia-654 ๐Ÿ™Œ

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                                      now Notion just needs to shamelessly copy Google Doc's suggested edits featureset and we got a real race here!

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                                        Haha, true ;)

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                                        Nice work - this feature looks great.

                                        As a newsletter creator myself, I would actually want to have an opt-in for the retweet feature. It's alright to even have a popup that explains the feature and asks the user to check the option. But the case where it automatically checked poses of high chance of users not liking it at all.

                                        Also, are you giving a way to edit the tweet content or is it an automated tweet?

                                        P.S: Would be great if you can add a few more details to your profile so that the users here can know more about you :)

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                                          Makers:

                                          GitLive - @nicholasbransbywilliams-1643

                                          OurBalance - @tomengstrm-1636

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                                            Thanks for sharing, Hailley! Always appreciate seeing furry remote companions here ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿˆ.

                                            I've been considering Brain.FM for a while but always end up just searching for something similar on YouTube. Good to know it's really that good - I might try a free trial sometime soon!

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                                              I love Brain FM so much! Definitely worth it for me plus they have a great app so I've used it several times on my phone as well. My default is using it for focus mode, though.

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                                                I've been using the phone app and it's pretty clean & robust. Although I feel the focus sessions tend to use up a lot of energy and I end up with a headache particularly when I'm on an empty stomach.

                                                Does that happen with you too?

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                                                Brain FM is actually pretty cool. I use it for sleep or quick nap sessions and it works like magic for me. I get sound sleep and I am quite energised when I wake up.

                                                Although my wife totally hated it when she tried it once - couldn't sleep at all :/

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                                                  Thanks Hrishkesh, that's good to know! I think I'm sold ๐Ÿ˜Ž

                                                  I might try it for deep focus and one for napping first (in case it doesn't help me sleep, like it did to your wife). Funny how different our brain works! Do you use it for focus too?

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                                                    I used it initially for focus but not so much these days. Those sessions are really intense, so I end up with a headache at times.