Start Us Up Now: America’s New Business Plan is an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based philanthropy that works in the fields of education and entrepreneurship. Kauffman and Alley worked together to rapidly design and launch a site to disseminate the particulars of the policy plan, support a targeted communications campaign in several states, and garner support from organizations who can join the Start Us Up Now coalition through the site.
This is one of an ongoing series of short posts giving our team members the opportunity to share their feelings on remote work – a vital part of Alley’s culture.
What’s your favorite part about remote work?
The opportunities it opens up to work with awesome companies and teammates who might not be in your neighborhood.
What’s your biggest challenge? How have you worked through it?
The lack of that built-in social interaction that a physical location offers can be hard. Finding a co-working space has been great for that, as well as finding local meetup groups, whether for development or anything else.
What do you wish you knew when you started working remotely?
This relates to the last question – for introverts like myself, it takes extra work to keep up social interactions and connections when in a remote environment; these are things that happen more naturally in a physical location.
Gabe Luethje is a User Experience Developer.