258: Andrea Loubier – Building Mailbird from Bali

258: Andrea Loubier – Building Mailbird from Bali

 

Podcast highlights:

  • [22:56] Cultural fit when hiring - if you don't limit your hiring pool to one location, you open up doors to amazing talent
  • [30:40] The scalability of a remote company and Andrea's transition plans to help with that
  • [44:35] If money is not a deciding factor, would Andrea still choose to have a remote and distributed team?

Podcast notes:

  • [00:05] Welcome Andrea Loubier to Asia Tech Podcast Stories, hosted by Graham D Brown
  • [00:37] Andrea talks about her current location of Canggu, Bali and the coworking scene in Bali
  • [03:42] Why did Andrea choose Indonesia as a base?
  • [06:47] Graham reminisces his experiences backpacking in Indonesia back in 1994
  • [10:11] All about Mailbird, an email management app created by Andrea
  • [14:24] The different roles played by the three creators of Mailbird and the story of how the co-founders met
  • [16:48] The turning point - when did Andrea know that it was time to pack her bags and move to Bali?
  • [18:22] Why did Andrea choose Bali instead of the Silicon Valley as a place to start her company?
  • [20:32] Graham shares an anecdote about a Google employee who commuted from Bend Oregon to San Franscisco to save costs
  • [22:56] Cultural fit when hiring - if you don't limit your hiring pool to one location, you open up doors to amazing talent
  • [24:53] The lack of a pervasive start-up culture in Bali and how that impacts Andrea's experience of running a business
  • [26:16] Is the idyllic tropical island vibe dulling Andrea's aggressive entrepreneurial drive?
  • [28:44] Andrea's experience of time management as a digital nomad
  • [30:40] The scalability of a remote company and Andrea's transition plans to help with that
  • [33:16] The customer happiness team at Mailbird and how it works
  • [38:23] What kind of qualities does Andrea look for when recruiting new team members? From a cultural fit interview, skills test, final interview to a 3 month probationary period
  • [42:00] The challenges of hiring remotely and how Andrea deals with them
  • [44:35] If money is not a deciding factor, would Andrea still choose to have a remote and distributed team?
  • [47:08] Find out more about Andrea on Googleplus, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or email her al@getmailbird.com