Remote-how Closes Seed Round Helping Bring Remote Work Into The Mainstream
Newark, DE - December 18, 2018 - Remote-how, a remote work education platform founded in 2018 has successfully raised $400,000 in a seed round led by Kogito Ventures, allowing for further development of its remote work program. With an aim of growing the distributed workforce worldwide, the program offers remote work education and certification to interested businesses and parties. This is a strong industry indication that there is a bright future for remote work, which has often been underfunded in the past.
The company’s vision, in which everyone has the freedom of choice as to where and when they work, is now becoming reality. Their goal of helping employees and employers embrace this revolution, where in the U.S alone 50% of the workforce will be remote by 2020, can be realized.
In the past few years, we have seen an increasing number of remote workers spending more time working outside of the office. Even though the majority of companies (63%) already enable remote work, more than half of them (53%) lack clear work from home policies. In response to this shift, Remote-how has created the first global remote work education and certification program called “Remote-how Academy”. The team has already used some parts of it to train employees of PwC.
“The main remote work enabler, technology, is already here. Now companies have to change the way they manage their workforce - advance different employee soft skills and implement processes supporting flexible work arrangements. This is the future of work, and those who will not recognize this opportunity will lose on the hiring battlefield. Remote work will not only improve the talent retention but also allow to extend the company’s talent pool globally” – explains Iwo Szapar, co-founder and CEO of Remote-how.
Remote-how first began by organizing the largest virtual conference discussing remote work in June this year - the Remote Future Summit. After gathering feedback from 5,000 participants in 105 different countries, the team created their Academy. Designed by top remote working pioneers from organizations like Buffer, GitHub, Doist, and Mural, the Academy dives deep into relevant topics like Job Search, Self-Organization, Remote Communication, Digital Collaboration, Self-Care and more.
“I truly believe that remote work is a part of the workplace of the future. Because of that, I’m thrilled to see companies who are advancing opportunities in remote work continuing to expand their impact” adds Hailley Griffis, Public Relations Director at Buffer and Remote-Work Advocate.
The seed funding round was led by Kogito Ventures with the participation of business angels from both Europe and the US (including executives from Google and SAP). Founding Partner at Kogito Ventures, Wojciech Niesyto, noted that Remote-how has perfectly timed its entrance into the market “We are already seeing a big interest in the product and demand for services related to remote work. Remote-how fills the education and trust gap between talent-hungry companies and skilled employees that value flexibility. There’s still a lot of misunderstandings as to what remote work actually comprises, what policies and best practices are needed to make it work for both sides. We’re excited to support a company which we see as an important building block of the remote work ecosystem”.
Remote-how’s seed investment will be used to scale the business in the U.S market, which contains the largest number of remote-only and remote-first companies. In the next 12 months, the team plans to double their workforce and focus on the post-Academy experience of its users, enabling them to not just learn how to work in the distributed environment but also find relevant employers hiring remotely.