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The top three challenges of remote management are isolation, expectation-setting, and burnout. We share 21 tips to lead remote teams in 2021. Originally published on the Kona blog.

We’re used to working remotely. The majority of companies have weathered indefinite work-from-home for over a year now. This global social experiment has worked. Productivity has thrived in the pandemic with 94% of employers reporting the same or higher productivity than before 2020. With the anniversary of COVID-19 long behind us and cases finally dropping, remote work is less of a temporary experiment and more of a strategy for the future.

It’s no wonder why major companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Zillow announced plans for ongoing work-from-home. With long-term remote work on the horizon, it’s time to switch gears. Strategies…

A fictional short story about The American Dream, snacks, and fatherhood. Inspired by my favorite sweet shop in Oakland Chinatown.

Uncle Zheng, 1989

When Uncle Zheng saw Wai Git at the baggage carousel at Oakland Airport, he knew America would crush him. His nephew struggled to lift a lady’s suitcase off the belt. Wai Git’s gangly arms wrestled with pink handles and flower-print corners. His off-white dress shirt ran short on his narrow frame, revealing stark white skin and bone. Wai Git had grown into a man, much taller than the feverish toddler Uncle Zheng remembered, but Uncle Zheng saw the same weakness in his eye. Wai Git wheeled the bag to a young woman in a winter coat. …

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A fictional short story about mother-daughter relationships over dim sum. Inspired by several Sundays’ worth of sui mai with my Po Po.

In the free fall of retirement, Ming An Fen looked forward to Sundays. Usually, she slept in and only woke when the ache in her back could no longer be ignored. On Sundays, however, An Fen set a five o’clock alarm. She needed enough time to boil coffee, wake her husband, read the Chinese newspaper, pick out her Sunday best, put in pearl earrings, and gossip over WeChat before her daughter arrived. She did this all while refusing to eat. An Fen didn’t allow her lo gung to eat either, which made him grumpy, but it meant they’d eat their…

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We asked 50 fully-remote companies about how they managed their virtual office, Slack. These best practices stood out. Part of our ongoing series on building strong remote teams.

Among the fifty fully-remote companies we interviewed, over 80% used Slack as their main hub for communication. This trend echoes across the remote space as a whole as more companies realize they can accomplish as much in a Slack workspace as in a physical office. With channel segmentation, easy file sharing, and dozens of integrations, Slack has centralized company tool suites and real-time collaboration. It has transformed the way we conduct asynchronous work and for many, it’s impossible to talk about remote team communication without mentioning Slack.

Though Slack was built with fully-distributed teams in mind, it’s far from perfect…

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We talked to managers from 50 fully-remote companies about building company culture. These are what the most successful companies had in common. Part of our ongoing series on building strong remote teams.

Over the past two months, our team interviewed dozens of managers from around the world to learn what drives successful remote work. Their backgrounds varied, but managers always agreed on one thing: remote work is intentional. Interacting with coworkers involves a direct message, email, or Zoom call. Assigning tickets takes careful planning and detailed descriptions. Even doing work demands set-aside hours and self-discipline. At scale, working remotely requires a conscious team effort.

Everything you need to know about hackathons, their history, and their potential for creativity. The first part of our new series of articles, Hackathons 101.

In the last ten years, dozens of company and university-sponsored “hackathon” events have popped up around the country. If you’re curious about this facet of tech culture or want some information before participating in one, you’ve come to the right place.

Hacking + Marathon = Hackathon

Let’s get the basics out of the way first. A hackathon is a single gathering of coders and innovators, often for 24 hours or more, for the purpose of making something in that limited time frame. Inventions can range from hardware (robots, mechanical arms, etc.) to software (apps, websites, features) to business proposals and more. Though any coding all-nighter…

Corine Tan

Co-Founder @ Kona // Techstars LA 2020 // UCLA Class of 2020 // Helping remote managers lead with empathy

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