Startups, life, learning and happiness: The joys and benefits of working as a distributed team


Buffer is a fully distributed team. It's a decision I had to make at the end of 2012, and it's interesting to reflect on that decision now. I am happy to report that I am in love with the choice we made to be distributed all across the world.

I agree – I’m in love with distributed teams. At Storybird, my current company, we’re a small but distributed team, and for over 4 years I worked at Canonical, which is distributed across the globe. Like the linked post here says, lots of writing focuses on the challenges, but there are great upsides to a distributed team. Most importantly, to me, is sustainable development – people are happier, more productive, and less prone to burn out.

Check out this post for more. Distributed teams will become more and more common, so it’s better for people not familiar with this to get an understanding now of what works well. I can no longer imagine working in an office or for a company with little work-from-home support. It really is that much better.