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PreSeed Academy #17 - Building & scaling a distributed tech company

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Early success in startups largely depends on people, but how do you setup a strong team when the right talent isn't situated where you are

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If you're the founder of a tech startup in DK, you're most likely considering a distributed setup to access the talent pool outside DK, but you're also catious, because you've heard horror stories about investors being scared of or founders who've struggled with e.g. low performance and planning tasks with a decentralised workforce.

Maybe you're hesitating because it just seems like a distributed organisation would be adding complexity to the already hard job of building a tech company.

Where would you even start looking for talent at afar? If you find them how will you know it's a match? How do you onboard new people remotely and will the company DNA ever really get under their skin? Can you secure a shared sense of purpose and if not will people then work towards the same goal? What about scaling - one thing is to have a few people spread out but what happens when the organisation grows? And then you haven't even gotten down to admin stuff like payroll, contracts, holidays etc.

The questions might seem overwhelming and the answers complex, yet the hard facts are that you need the absolut best people on your side to succeed and it's very unlikely that all of them will be in the same place as you. So to avoid hampering growth, looking abroad for the best candidates will be inescapable to a good portion of founders - especially in the future.

The good news are - that's the whole point of PreSeed Academy - there are people who have wrestled the challenges before you and at the 17th StartupTalk, a few of them are going to help you put together new pieces to the playbook for building high performing distributed teams.

EVENT AGENDA:

17.00-17.15 Welcome

17.15-17.35 Why is distributed teams such a big topic in the tech community? Nicolaj Højer Nielsen

17.35-18.20 Remote-first for better and worse - switching from distributed co-founders to a remote tech team, Zaedo Musa, CEO & co-founder and Ricardo Parro, CTO & co-founder, Superb

18.20-18.40: Break - snacks and drinks

18.40-19.25: The key to scaling a distributed product team from 0 to +50 employees, Rasmus Møller-Nielsen, Managing Partner Lab08 & previous co-founder of Komfo

19.25-19.45: Q&A and wrap up

19.45-20.00: Join us for a final beer

THE SPEAKERS:

Rasmus Møller-Nielsen - Managing partner, Lab08, prevoius co-founder of Komfo

In his former job as CEO & co-founder of Komfu, Rasmus successfully scaled a team from 0-50+ employees that was distributed from the very beginning. Now, in his role as Managing Partner in Lab08, he specializes in connecting Danish startups with developers in Bulgaria. It may be safely said that he’s an expert on decentralized teams.

Zaedo Musa - CEO & co-founder, Superb

Zaedo has experiences from the other end of the table with a decentralized co-founding team that didn’t work. However, he’s managed to turn the table around and has now found major success in having a remote team.

Ricardo Parro - CTO & co-founder, Superb

Before joining Superb, Ricardo spent 10 years building successful distributed as well as in-house tech teams in Lisbon, London, Sao Paolo, and Copenhagen. During these globetrotting times, he was part of two of Europe’s most successful unicorns, Wonga and Tradeshift.

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