Remote collaboration

Mbriyo was initially launched to address the (local) needs of NYC based entrepreneurs. Very soon, we started getting requests from elsewhere, so we debated a little bit about the ability to work remotely.

Now, some of our clients are international and we already have some experience of what works.

Clearly, collaboration can be a challenge, despite the use of the latest technology. Skype, document sharing, online presentations, calendars etc provide some good functionality, but at the end of the day, it's more about the dedication of the team, the clarity of the vision and the strategy and the consistency of the communication.

On the flip side, there are many startups that have been spread out to more than one locations and managed to succeed. I was reading about 37 signals which is probably one of these examples... a startup which is now spread out over 4 locations. In this case, the presence of constraints have made them more creative, pushing them to find new ways and to work around these constraints.

So are you thinking about expanding in the US? Remember: there are 7 hours difference with the East coast alone (NY), so communication can be a challenge.

But what’s the flip side of being 7 hours ahead? Alone time. Time where you can really focus and get things done. And there are still about 4-5 hours during the day that you can communicate in real time.

So, if your team is focused and has clear objectives and milestones, it should work. As it does in our case.