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    Congrats ya'll! We're crushing it!

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      Yess! ๐Ÿ™Œ

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      Great interview. Will be checking out Slite!ย 

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        Super, thanks Irma :). Indeed, quite a neat product!

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        I have been wanting to try these platforms for a while but never got around to it. We would like to do something similar on RC too.

        Just for my curiosity, why do you prefer these platforms vs. others? Is the matching better OR are the people better?

        < Fertile ground for my market research ๐Ÿ˜… >

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          So I've tried three of these things so far - Cuppa, Lunchclub, and Cafecito.

          Lunchclub is by far the most polished. After the initial profile creation, it's pretty much on autopilot - I imagine there's many participants because I've been guaranteed 1-2 matches per week. So far, I've connected mostly with Russians (due to my time zone?) ๐Ÿ˜‚

          Cuppa is less "professional," has a more "bootstrapped" feel, I need to actively set my schedule or hunt for open schedules in order to get chats in place. But I guess I'm a sucker for maker communities because I find the participants to have less sales agendas (not that that's bad, but it's refreshing to just connect without objectives sometimes). Majority of connections here so far are Indians.

          Cafecito is the first one I tried and it's another one with a maker feel. I like the people I've connected with so far, but the connections are not frequent. It's silence and then one day I'll just randomly get an email from them asking if I want to participate on a call that's usually not convenient for my time zone.

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            Really detailed set of inputs Justin. I've never tried any of these platforms before but I have spoken to @irma multiple times about Cafecito & also been part of their UX research study ๐Ÿ˜›I am sure she'll find these inputs helpful.

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              Awesome! I'm happy to provide @irma any direct feedback if she's interested โœŒ

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                Thank you for the feedback, Justin! I will say I definitely need to up our game with more frequent communications. Thank you for the point and transparent feedback. We just updated our 1-4 monthly match settings where folks could choose between 1-4 but defintiely open to hearing your feedback on how we can do better so that we don't just pop in randomly to your email but so that there is more strucutre.ย 

                Would you be open to connecting 1:1 to chat more? Here's my email if you can reach out with a few times/days [email protected]

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                  Wow, it's the founder! ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘ˆ

                  JK, let me shoot you an email, definitely happy to share more about my experience with Cafecito so far ๐Ÿ˜†

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          100% agree on trying to work from an office first before going fully remote (if possible). It really helps in understanding what you need when you WFH and prepares you to create structure every day.

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            Exactly! Iโ€™m not the most social person, so working in a traditional office really forced me to open up and be involved, which I found really helped me in both running a business and working remotely.

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            Hey Snir!

            Loved reading this piece. Absolutely agree to the fact that chance meetings or serendipitous conversations are unlikely to happen by themselves in a remote setting. And such conversations are always the start of something new, innovative or creative :-)

            Every book about the history of the tech industry and of silicon valley in particular mentions the magic of Xerox PARC. How all the smart people were there, and just the ability to meet up randomly and then team up for a project created so much innovation. We need this kind of connectivity and random meetings in the remote work environment.

            Perfect example to drive your point. Couldnโ€™t have put this across any better.

            I was also having a chat with Florent (@altimor) the other day about this very thing. Heโ€™s working on an interesting product - https://metaversehq.com to solve precisely this problem!

            @irma is also working in a similar area at https://meetcafecito.com, however, targeting the problem of social isolation and meetings not restricted to your own organisation. @irma: I read that you do onboard teams as well, so, is there a way I can have my entire team on Cafecito and restrict the chance conversations within the team only?

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              Thank you for the comment and the amazing products references! I love this! metaverse is so cool and exactly what I wanted!

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                Super! Florent would be super happy to read this :-)

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                Thank you for mentioning Cafecito! :) Happy to answer any questions, Snir. Great post, btw.

                Hrishikesh, weโ€™re currently working on making that happen. Iโ€™ll send over a quick email and we can talk about it more.

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                Great sharing! Iโ€™d have imagined that remote working for a product manager would be harder, since the day-to-day job entails so much more collaboration with different stakeholders (e.g. engineering managers, users, engineers).

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                  Totally! Managing multiple teams/stakeholders seems super tough. But holding ideation sessions must be even more crazy. Somehow, I have found the abstract sessions to be far more difficult in a remote environment.

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                    It is super difficult! Haha itโ€™s by no means easy.

                    Whatโ€™s helped me the most is always screen sharing whatever Iโ€™m talking about. Having visuals and references in front of you and the team makes all the difference. Itโ€™s easy to miscommunicate in a remote environment. Using tools like Miro helps too to draw and drop ideas as you run through the process of ideation and planning.

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                      Great points!

                      While a lot of remote work literature talks about async, Iโ€™ve also found that in the initial and final days of any release, a larger overlap helps. I also promote quick video calls+ call notes instead of long exchange of messages.

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                        100% agree with you!

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                  Really great seeing the iterations! :)

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                    Cheers Irma :-)