Top Remote Work Trends of 2022 & 2023

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BuzzCast

17K
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BuzzCast is a live streaming and social platform that allows users to create and share virtual events, experiences, and broadcasts. The platform is designed to make it easy for users to create and broadcast virtual events, as well as to connect and interact with listeners with its social feeds and polls. …  Read more

Connecteam

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+235%
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Connecteam is an online platform that allows for businesses and remote (non-desk) employees to connect and collaborate. The platform allows for the sharing of ideas, files, and messages, and also includes a calendar and task management system. …  Read more

OpenPhone

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+195%
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OpenPhone is a VoIP service that allows users to make and receive calls over the internet. The app allows users to connect with other OpenPhone users as well as with traditional phone numbers. …  Read more

Toggl Track

6.6K
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+137%
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Toggl Track is a time tracking app that allows users to track the time they spend on different tasks throughout the day. The app can be used for personal or professional purposes and can be synced with other devices. …  Read more

oVice

10K
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+106%
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oVice is a Japan-based online collaboration platform that provides 2-D virtual spaces for remote workplaces, online events, and online classrooms. The platform allows organizations to build virtual office spaces where teams can collaborate and interact through their personal avatars. …  Read more

Hybrid Work

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Hybrid work is a work style that incorporates both traditional and remote work. The hybrid work style allows for employees to have the flexibility to work from home when necessary, but also allows for the opportunity to work in-person with coworkers. …  Read more

Iriun Webcam

27K
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Iriun webcam is an application that enables users to use their mobile phone's camera as a wireless webcam for their computer. It works by installing the application on both the mobile phone (Android or iOS) and the computer (Mac or PC). …  Read more

Trend Highlight – The Rise of Body Doubling

There’s a growing market for silent 1:1 video chats.

It’s called “body doubling” and it’s essentially “focussing-as-a-service”. Subscribers can buy slots to help them get their work done–like a modern accountability buddy.

The focus-as-a-service industry started out humbly, with Chrome extensions like BlockSite (>1M users) that would let users block distracting sites while they worked.

But in a world where companies hire thousands of engineers and data scientists to maximize user attention, simply blocking sites is no longer enough.

The space is being increasingly commercialized with sites like Focusmate.com which makes money by paring up strangers to work silently on video chat. And the platform takes things seriously: “If your partner goofs off during the session, you can report it using the reporting button on the appointment card in your dashboard.”...“If you are late, your account can be banned.”

The rise of remote work has increasingly highlighted one insight: co-working spaces are more than just real estate companies. As the office gets unbundled, there’s a rise in sites like Focusmate that bring back the missing component of accountability.

In parallel, the distribution of company sizes is falling: 14 years ago, for the first time ever, single-person businesses outpaced multi-person businesses in estimated formations. As the creator economy grows, and individuals increasingly work for themselves, it has become harder for many to maintain accountability and focus and the products and services that bring that part back will likely play a key role in the future.

Trend Highlight – Gather Town

When Steve Jobs was designing Pixar’s new headquarters, he famously designed the layout to make employees walk long distances to the nearest bathroom in an effort to increase collaboration, serendipitous meetings, and chance encounters. An office isn’t just a place where people work in isolation at desks or meet in conference rooms—it’s also the way they bump into each other between these tasks, which can lead to idea generation.

The first generation of remote work replacements for meetings involved video conferences. Usually, that means one person looking at a gallery of faces, which is an inaccurate reflection of how meetings work and doesn't do anything to recreate other aspects of in-person work, like casual chats in the breakroom or bumping into someone on the way to another meeting. Gather.town is a video chat service that tries to build casual serendipity into the interface.

Instead of logging in to a general chat, users control an avatar that can navigate a virtual room, and when they get close to another user's avatar, a video chat begins. While some workers enjoy remote work—a commute-free workday and a pajamas-based dress code have their benefits—many have discovered that there are aspects of in-person work they miss.

With Gather Town, since users can design the virtual space themselves, they can build and adjust it as needed. Users can test out their design and rearrange it as needed, giving them the job of an architect with the iteration speed of a software engineer. The cartoonish avatars have another benefit: they help avoid the "uncanny valley" phenomenon: some designs and digital art copy life so closely that the few flaws that remain are disconcerting, often in a way that’s hard to articulate. A software interface that looks like a real-world analogue, but doesn’t quite work like it, forces the user to put more effort into processing the metaphor. By keeping some interactions lo-fi and simple, Gather Town dodges this limitation.

Gather Town is one of several companies in this category. Another, Huddle, was founded by a former Uber engineer: he argues that he's still in the same business he was in at Uber, but that "the future of transportation is no transportation."

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