06:01 - Life in Portugal
11:03 - Remote Work and its Appeal
20:43 - Dealing with Bureaucracies & Competitors
23:27 - Company Culture
34:14 - Getting to Unicorn Status
Job van der Voort is the co-founder and CEO of Remote.com, the world’s fastest-growing employment network that allows companies to easily and transparently hire worldwide. He studied his bachelor's in psychonomics and pursued a master's degree in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Amsterdam. After graduating from university, he worked as a software engineer while co-founding a startup with Marcelo Lebre. Despite the startup's lack of long-term success, he enjoyed the process of starting a business and became more acquainted with the conventions of entrepreneurship.
Job worked previously at GitLab, where he experienced what it was like to work remotely and saw the benefits of a virtual working environment . He created Remote.com in 2019 with Marcelo to address issues he had seen with remote working during his time at GitLab. The Remote.com software enables companies to transparently hire someone in another country by managing payroll, employee benefits, and legalities, easing the traditional burden of going through the tiring complexities of remote hiring.
Since launching Remote.com, the platform has been used by businesses in many countries around the world and has grown from just a handful of employees to over 2000 employees working remotely from all over the world. In this episode Job speaks more about how they cultivated a lucrative company culture. He also discusses how they got enough financing to launch the company and how they achieved unicorn status in such a short period of time.
“We want to make hiring from anywhere really easy and transparent.”
“The only way to challenge someone is to fully understand what they're doing.”
If you would like to listen to another episode discussing remote working, check out EP# 291 with Philipp Stauffer.
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