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Hack Remote - the weekly remote working newsletter from - Issue #1

Welcome to the first issue of Hack Remote! My intention is to collect the interesting remote work new

Hack Remote

January 26 · Issue #1 · View online
The week's remote work trends, tips and hacks – curated by Joe Taylor, co-founder at Unmeeting.

Welcome to the first issue of Hack Remote! My intention is to collect the interesting remote work news stories, articles and companies that I encounter during the week and present them every Saturday.
I’m co-founder of Unmeeting — a smart video connection app for remote teams — and I’m incredibly excited about how technology can transform the future of work!
— Joe

Weekly shake down
  • Microsoft has Slack squarely in its sights and launched a massive TV ad campaign accordingly, but not everyone was impressed. (The Verge)

  • Sticking with Slack, have you ever wondered what their own office looks like? Here’s a tour of their HQ in San Francisco, which is coincidentally opposite the Unmeeting office. (Business Insider)

  • No first issue of a remote working newsletter would be complete without mentioning WeWork, which this week sold off business management company, Teem. Although WeWork only acquired Teem in 2018, its new salvation strategy calls for divestment. (CNBC)

Hack of the week
Co-working spaces can be a bit noisy. Tired of hearing that loud person who thinks you are sitting in their office? Apple’s new AirPod Pros fit nicely inside Bose’s QC25/35 headphones and that tag team is the very ultimate in noise cancellation.
I’m not 100% serious with this first hack, but I’d love to hear your hacks and share them. Let me know your remote work tips!

Deep dive
Grab a coffee and read this excellent article on remote work manifestos by Chris Herd from FirstBase. He sets out thirty six statements on the future of work, with some that will not have occurred to you before.
My Remote Work Manifesto and Why Your Company Needs One My Remote Work Manifesto and Why Your Company Needs One

Product of the week:
OneBar helps teams automatically build knowledge bases straight from their Slack conversations. If your team uses Slack, you probably already know just how much information is locked up in your channels and messages. Knowledge siloing is a real problem and very much to the detriment of the whole team/organization, especially when new hires join and have no idea where to look for important info. solves all your problems.

At Unmeeting this week...
We recently moved office to Galvanize in San Francisco and have been enjoying settling in the last couple of weeks. Our desktop app is about to enter Beta and there’s been some late nights of intensive testing!
If you work in a Slack-connected remote team and would like to strengthen bonds with your closest co-workers, give the Unmeeting Beta a go. Feel free to contact me personally with any questions/issues.
Oh, we also set up a Product Hunt Ship page! Check it out here.

That’s all for this week. Have a great weekend and see you next time.
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