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    Thanks so much for the feature @hrishikesh!

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      Makers:

      Greenlight - @benoitchabert-971

      Heurio - @balintbartha-951

      Rock - @kenzofong

      Satiurn - @francescomasaia-970

      Hours.zone - @calixhuang-935

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        It's only Tuesday of the new week but yet it feels as if it's Thursday with all that has been accomplished already. Wow, loving life! Grateful for the clients and new investors we have gained recently. I worked remotely from Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Texas last week and now back in Brazil for a month.ย  Life as one of the Insured Nomads

        โณSend investor update

        ๐Ÿ”œReinsurance sourced for new line of products

        โœ…Gotten our UK/EU Managing Director onboarded for expansion with UK branch. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

        โœ…Tax consultancy contracted in Germany for Insured Nomads Underwritng GmbH ย ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช

        What are you accomplishing this week? Do share remote warriors!

        Cheers from Rio de Janeiro, Andrew

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          Wow, congrats on all of that. Makes my week suddenly look quite below par :P

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            Super cool Andrew. Good to know you're travelling so much already. How painful or seamless is the travel? I heard you need to take a Covid test before any travel from the US & reach the destination within 72 hrs.

            Congrats on the growth - way to go ๐Ÿš€

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              It was very painless. Very few travelers, most flights were not crowded.ย 

              We recommend not traveling now due to increasing the exposure to yourself and spread to others yet it was a required meeting so we did make the trip.ย 

              Thanks!

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                We recommend not traveling now due to increasing the exposure to yourself and spread to others yet it was a required meeting so we did make the trip.

                True, I think we're still away from travel going back to normal. But the vaccine getting cleared in UK is great news & hopefully things might settle down early next year.

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              > Andrew

              Very cool to see a fellow Rio de Janeiro resident here, Andrew! I'm very interested in taking a closer look at Insured Nomads, I think I missed this!

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              We are working on a major release this week. It's full of over 100 features which either remove friction ๐Ÿ˜ก or delight ๐Ÿ˜ our users. Lot's small things which on their own don't mean much, but when you add them all together, its a big deal for all our users.ย 

              Check it out

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                Must be nerve-wrecking to prepare for such a big release. How long have you been working on this?

                Good luck on the launch ๐Ÿคž

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                  It has been a 2 month project - we basically set out our roadmap for Q4 to be completed before Christmas. And its ahead of schedule which is awesome. Doing final testing now :)

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                    Wow, that's some serious achievement ๐Ÿ‘Christmas is going to be a very well deserved break for your team then :)

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                      Haha yes, it will be! My first Christmas break in over 10 years :)

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                        10 yrs, damn! You absolutely need to take this break now.

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                  Wow, that's great! Which feature are you excited about?

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                    Thanks, happy Friday!

                    The two favourites for me are:

                    We now show opened and un-opened interviews so the user doesn't need to click into each one to see if they already watched it. And we have a little counter which totals up all the unopened.

                    And we have been developing a very low-cost area for job seekers to practise interviewing for jobs (This is more of a side project): https://practice.willo.video/

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                      Really cool! I am particularly excited about the interview practice feature- this would be quite helpful for people landing their first remote role.

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                    that link doesn't seem to work...

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                      Thank you - sorted (I think)

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                    We're actually launching the public version 1.0 of CoScreen for macOS this week and are opening sign ups for the private Windows alpha ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽˆ

                    Please let us know what you think on our launch post on Product Hunt today:

                    https://www.producthunt.com/posts/coscreen-1-0

                    Thanks a lot to Hrishikesh & team for the support over the last few months!

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                      Super stuff! Will be a super busy week for you :)

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                      Congrats on the launch Till! Rooting for you ๐Ÿ™Œ

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                        Really appreciated!

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                        Happy to be part of the community

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                          Welcome Raj ๐Ÿ‘‹

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                            Hey Raj! Welcome :)

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                            Joan here from Barcelona! Trying to disrupt the remote team culture for good. Happy to connect with others!

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                              Welcome Joan - you're building a great product at OnsiteFun ๐Ÿ™Œ

                              How's the Covid situation in Barcelona?

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                                Welcome Joan!

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                                  Thanks a lot for the shoutout, Hrishikesh! I also wrote an article about how you can build iOS widgets using Javascript and Scriptable โ€“ feel free to give it a read here: https://dev.to/steventey/building-an-ios-app-with-30-lines-of-javascript-3i1k

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                                    Just browsed through it & looks amazing Steven ๐Ÿ‘

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                                  Going to launch a new version of our home page https://www.codestream.com/

                                  Current draft is here if anyone has feedback! https://teamcodestream.webflow.io/home-new-copy

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                                    Love the new homepage! It looks like an amazing upgrade ๐Ÿ‘

                                    Quick few points - I might be nitpicking but hoping it will help :)

                                    - I felt the font in the 1st section could have been slightly larger. It is 17px right now but the one for bullet points under 'Team Transparency via Live View' is 20px which actually looks great even for the 1st section.

                                    - The transitions for the tabs ('Pull Requests', 'Feedback Requests' etc.) happen almost instataneously. Maybe you could think of adding a slow transition here?ย 

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                                    We just opened our product, Xoba, for free, so our focus is on content to educate potential and current users. It's an exciting time, but this is when the work really starts!

                                    1) Building content for our product (blogs, documentation, and demo videos)

                                    2) We're aiming to have 10 demo videos published, 3 blog posts, and cleaned-up product documentation live

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                                      Great stuff. Looks like a super busy week for you!

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                                      I will go first:

                                      1) I will be building a new feature called 'see related posts' on Remote Tools that adds links to relevant posts across all pages. Picking this up to improve the internal linking of all pages (from an SEO perspective)

                                      2) I plan to finish it from start to end by Friday. So hoping to have a brand new section at the bottom of every page ๐Ÿ’ช

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                                        Great share Sigurd. Loved 2 things about this - they have used data from their products to derive inferences about work patterns & the way data is presented.

                                        Most of the inferences are fairly obvious now given multiple other surveys have indicated the same. But I was intrigued to see the graphs by country of say, day length or finishing your work day later.

                                        Although they haven't mentioned the actual size of the dataset right or did I miss it altogether?

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                                          It didn't specifically say the size of the dataset, only that they have 'millions of users' generating data in the third paragraph.

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                                            Hmm, right. That's where I got a little confused. I thought they are quoting data only from their own internal teams. If this is basis their entire user data, then it's a huge dataset and the inferences become even more significant!

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                                          We use Slack but most of us have notifications off and we have set rules around it

                                          But the other thing we've done is office hours and use virtual office tools to allow more sync comms during that period - we've found this helpful in terms of having deeper convo flows, there are still some transparency issues but we are able to get a lot more things answered quickly vs sync/async Slack.

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                                            Hey Raj,

                                            That's a really interesting point. I would always imagine that you won't need a tool like Slack if you are using a virtual office. So it got me curious & I quickly read through your blog on Loop team vs. Slack. I am honestly surprised to know that your customers have both of them as part of their workflow - curious to know more on how this works out!

                                            Many of our customers use both Loop Team and Slack cohesively as part of their daily workflow, so much so that we have tightly integrated with Slack.

                                            I really liked this approach of working with Slack as well, as opposed to just being its competitor.

                                            P.S: To share more context for others, Raj is building a virtual office at Loop Team :)

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                                            We found that too often product-related discussions were happening in Slack. People who should have been in the discussions happened to be away, decisions were taken but not properly communicated, people felt like they had to have notifications on all the time for FMO.

                                            So when we built Kitemaker (https://kitemaker.co) we wanted to figure out how we could make sure those discussions were captured. For the first step, we decided that whenever a Kitemaker issue is referenced in Slack (e.g. "hey guys! I was just looking at ABC-123", we'll capture that Slack thread and link it in the issue in Kitemaker. That way if you're in the issue in Kitemaker, you can see if there have been discussions about it in Slack. No more FMO.

                                            For future versions, we're planning to:

                                            1. Allow assignees of issues to get notified in Kitemaker if people are disussing their issue in Slack

                                            2. Automatically have a 2-way sync between Kitemaker comments and Slack threads so that the conversation can be joined regardless of what tool you happen to be sitting in

                                            3. Expand our search to cover these Slack conversations b/c Slack's search tends to be hopeless

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                                              Interesting approach Kevin. But that would also mean that you use Slack as a permanent store of information (like a Wiki) and not just a chat tool. I am assuming this would also entail opting for the premium version to retain the full history of chat?

                                              I can clearly see the advantage here - the tool stack is significantly reduced. So now, you primarily only use Slack & Kitemaker.

                                              The features you've planned look great. It would be bring in really nice & tight integration between Slack & Kitemaker.

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                                                We think more of Kitemaker as the permanent store that captures Slack messages as they pass so that you can always find relevant conversations related to the thing you're working on. So no more going back to say "where was that place where we were discussing that video feature". Just go to the work item (we've recently renamed issues to work items Kitemaker as described here) and you'll see the relevant Slack conversations.

                                                As far as paying for Slack - you of course won't be able to go back to slack and iteract with those old conversations if you haven't paid and they're beyond your 10K messages (or whatever the threshold is these days). So paying for slack would be advantageous but not required.

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                                                  Nice - so I don't have to go back to Slack to read the relevant thread/conversation. I misread your earlier comment - I thought when you said capture & link, the work item on Kitemaker would just have a link to the Slack thread. Having the entire conversation captured on Kitemaker makes a lot of sense.

                                                  Of course, then argument around having paid tier doesn't come in at all :)

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                                              This is likely when more people will start to seek out newer and smaller options for managing the functions of the giants. (Hint: keep an eye on Desktop.com as we inch closer to the new year, as a big collaborative feature set is about to be rolled out).. ;)

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                                                Unbundling of Slack - interesting point. Although I think the entire play here is for enterprises. Does Desktop.com also cater specifically to enterprise customers?

                                                I am keeping a close eye on the new features you launch! ๐Ÿ‘€

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                                                  Coming soon ;)

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                                                I love this solution! My daughter was 4 (she's 17 now) when I started working from home. Sometime around 5/5:30, I'd wrap up my day - not answer phone calls or emails, but spend 10-30 min organizing my thoughts and prioritizing my work for tomorrow (the thoughts I'd usually have on my commute home.) Then, I would close the laptop, plug in the phone with the ringer off, and step through the doorway to announce, "Hey, everybody; I'm home!" I found that transition to be really important. I didn't go back into the office until after the kiddo was in bed.

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                                                  Hah, that's really nice. Few weeks back, we were discussing quite a bit about creating a fake commute & how we unplug from work.

                                                  Referencing some of the old posts where @lindsayalissa @aldalima @scottpdawson shared some fantastic inputs:

                                                  1. Disconnecting from work

                                                  2. Remote work boundaries

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                                                    Thanks for the links!

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                                                      Good reminder, @hrishikesh ! How is it going for you?

                                                      I'm still pretty much the same and have been good not working evenings. By 5 p.m. I'm pretty much mentally exhausted and have been trying not to push it.

                                                      And I always organize my priorities for the next day too @janegeddes-892. It's really helpful and always makes me feel better!

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                                                        It's somehow gotten worse for me over the past few weeks :( I feel I was better at avoiding emails & Slack earlier than now. Sundays are mostly still device free.

                                                        The irony is just last month or so we set down more guidelines in the team around when to expect replies, be online etc. So it surely isn't external pressure but my inability to manage the workload right now.

                                                        I am going to do better now - top priority for me!

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                                                          I'm sure you're going to be doing better again soon! ๐Ÿ‘Š

                                                          I think it's natural to have these ups and downs - as remote workers we kind of have to motivate ourselves all the time and be very self-disciplined just because we know it's the right thing to do, and not because someone is watching what we do like it happens in an office, so I guess this is expected.

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                                                            True words - got me pumped as well to do the right things ๐Ÿ˜ŽI will write back in a few days/weeks on how it goes!

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                                                      Quite beautiful. I wish I was more disciplined and had the ability to follow such a good routine. But this is definitely inspiring to make the move in the right direction.

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                                                        That's really good ๐Ÿ˜€. Do you still follow this routine?ย 

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                                                          I admit, the "I'm Home!" part was largely for my daughter. Now that she's a teen, she doesn't care ๐Ÿ˜‚I do like to organize my work and shut off the devices. However, I've also become an admin for a large Facebook group, so I'm having a challenge with getting offline!

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                                                            Haha, thought so ๐Ÿ˜…. I shut my devices too after the end of the day but I do check emails and messages on my phone to ensure that I don't miss anything important.ย 

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                                                        Makers:

                                                        OnsiteFun - @joalavedra

                                                        Approveit Today - @sergegusev-931

                                                        My WFH in Emails- @carlossevilla-911

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                                                            Thanks a lot @hrishikesh! Happy to give any member of the Remote Clan early access to CoScreen, just ping me.

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                                                              Thanks @hrishikesh!

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                                                                Congrats everyone! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

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                                                                Hi everyone! My name is David, and I'm a Software Engineer (with a focus on web technologies) based in Columbus, Ohio, United States. I have been a remote worker for about 3 years now, and I just recently transitioned from the healthcare industry to the construction industry (both are slow to adopt technology). I'm a big fan of open source, and I try to contribute regularly.

                                                                Jake the Dog

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                                                                  Hey David - welcome again ๐Ÿ‘‹

                                                                  Great to know you're a fan of open source. Did you complete the Hacktoberfest this year? How was it?

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                                                                    I did participate in it, but I was 1 PR short of completing it this year. Some personal matters made it difficult to contribute as much as I was hoping to in October. I usually try to though!

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                                                                      Ahh, same here - I couldn't even make a single PR although I wanted to. Next year it is!

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                                                                    Hey David, Great to have another developer amongst the midst! Welcome welcome :)

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                                                                      Thank you! I'm excited to join the crew. ๐Ÿ˜