GitLab’s Secret to Managing Employees in 160 Locations: Write Everything Down

Ali Rowghani, head of YC Continuity, talks to GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij (W15) about how GitLab has built a completely distributed company with 160 people (and growing). We filmed this conversation at GitLab’s SF headquarters, where Sid is the only local employee. Sid’s biggest tip for success in scaling a distributed company: write everything down.
Listen up for…
2:41 – GitLab values boring solutions: our product should be exceptional, but the company structure should be run-of-the-mill.
3:10 – “After a few days, they just started working from home” – Sid talks about how GitLab didn’t really set out to create a distributed company — it just evolved naturally.
3:46 – Take an extra minute to write things down, so that you can save time and give people the tools they need to succeed. Everything from who starts a video conference, to OKRs for the whole company.
8:28 – What has been the most difficult

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