Large timezone differences make synchronous work increasingly difficult without async processes/culture

All of these companies have team members in at least 5+ hour time difference (largest being 12). This puts a lot of emphasis and need on establishing an asynchronous processes that allow team members to feel engaged but also worth noting that even in a post pandemic world, people will still be really remote.


For , this is something to adjust expectations around - things will take longer and that's it.

For on the other hand...

multiple time zones → people that complain about this don't know how to do async work.

He makes a point to imbue a sense of urgency into the company by telling people that he's "impatient" - things still happen very fast, even in his mostly async culture, because he makes himself (as CEO) available almost at all times to go into 30s to 2min calls to "unblock people".