Distributed Discussions Episode 1: Remote Ready & Able with Ayodeji Jeremiah

In our first episode of Distributed Discussions, host Ali Greene takes a deep dive into Ayodeji Jeremiah’s experience with remote work and gets him to share the incredible things he discovered through the Oyster Remote Ready program.

Ayodeji Jeremiah is the chief operations officer at BELAY Associates. He has become an expert and passionate advocate for working remotely in all sectors of corporate. In this episode, he shares his thoughts on why it shouldn’t be necessary for the world to go back to work in offices post-COVID at all.

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Chili Piper: Come as You Are

This feature is part of our “Well-Distributed” series where we highlight some of the companies whose people-centricity and approach to remote work we admire. Chili Piper was one of our premier sponsors at last years Oyster Bridges event.

We talked to Tyler Parson, Head of Talent at Chili Piper, about animals and unicorns, and decision memos.

Less than a month into her new role, Tyler and I sat down and discussed what it was like to be the first People Ops hire for a distributed team of 80 people, three months later we reconnected and she shared more about what makes the team at Chili Piper so great (hint: it is not because of their cool Orange swag, though that helps).

“I’ve also learned how to work, not only work, but really thrive in a remote culture. I was forced to work remotely before obviously, like everyone else was, but to intentionally choose remote work and be part of a team of people who have also been that intentional. They just do it really well.”

Tyler, on her first three months at Chili Piper

It is this intentional and deliberate approach to culture, starting before candidates are even hired that earns Chili Piper a spot as a “Well-Distributed” company.

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Vonage: with great responsibility comes great communication

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This feature is part of our “Well-Distributed” series where we highlight some of the companies whose people-centricity and approach to remote work we admire. Unity was one of our premier sponsors at last years Oyster Bridges event.

We talked to Daniel Hecker-Campbell, Talent Acquisition Manager at Vonage, on keeping spirits high, the challenges of managing remotely and the importance of communication.

Communication APIs, Contact Centre, Business Phone, VoIP | Vonage

Daniel is a remote worker in every sense of the word, having never set foot in Vonage’s HQ. Since joining the team as a TA manager for EMEA Engineering & Product 9 months ago – he’s been working within the four walls of his home.

As a manager, Daniel resides over teams working on communication software that enables customers to integrate customizable real-time communication methods. To put it simply, these systems promote effortless and easy communication between teams or customers.

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Remote Ready Success Story – Mounya

One thing is clear, remote work is here to stay!

A recent Gartner survey of company leaders found that 80 percent of managers plan to allow employees to work remotely at least part of the time after the pandemic, while 47 percent will allow employees to work from home full-time.

A Lebanese dietitian turned creative copywriter

Oyster’s Remote Ready, a specialized training course dedicated to remote work best practices, is here to help everyone get on board with the “new normal.” This has certainly been the case for Mounya Sasso, a Lebanese dietitian turned creative copywriter.

Mounya graduated three years ago with a degree in nutrition from the American University of Beirut. After getting her license as a dietitian, she was ready to start work, but then COVID-19 hit.

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Unity: Where ‘fun’ is not just a description of the product

This feature is part of our “Well-Distributed” series where we highlight some of the companies whose people-centricity and approach to remote work we admire. Unity was one of our premier sponsors at last years Oyster Bridges event.

We talked to Elisa Pineda, Recruiter for Unity, on Peloton exercises, hunted (virtual tours) of Prague and how Unity supported the transition to remote work.


Elisa is used to hybrid work, as a recruiter, much of her job including screening candidates and conducting interviews has been done virtually. It was not until she joined Unity, the 2D and 3D game development platform, in May of 2020, that she realized how easy it could be to work remotely.

“Simply because everything’s reachable, Unity provides the tools, and luckily we are able to do everything remotely,”

Elisa Pineda, on her experience at Unity

Elisa first understood, Unity does remote work differently as soon as she started. “Onboarding is usually extremely difficult to do, past experience has been it doesn’t work. So, you finish in person, simply because you can do parts here and there.” Unity was a different story all-together, paperwork came through via online tools, she met her colleagues using video calls, and overall raved of her experience noting that this is the standard remote companies should strive for.

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Doist: Where Asynchronous is part of the DNA

This feature is part of our “Well-Distributed” series where we highlight some of the companies whose people-centricity and approach to remote work we admire. Doist was one of our premier sponsors at last year’s Oyster Bridges event.

We talked to Andrew Gobran, People Ops Generalist at Doist, on asynchronous work, tools, and Doist’s remote roots. 

Andrew has been with Doist for three years, after stumbling into remote work three years before that. His six years working in a remote environment is evident, as most of our interview was conducted asynchronously, a nod to the efficiency of how things work at Doist. 

During my virtual coffee chats with Andrew, his passion for all things “People” jumped out of the Zoom screen. 

“I’m passionate about helping people and teams thrive and develop. As a people operations generalist at Doist, my work spans a wide variety of areas that all work together to accomplish this.”

Andrew on his role at Doist

While learning more about Doist, it became apparent that they truly eat their own dog food as a company whose tools “promote a more fulfilling way to work and live.” It is for that reason Doist earned a spot as a “Well-Distributed” company. 

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