The 5 Most Successful Companies You’d Never Guess Are Totally Remote

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When the pandemic first emerged in March of 2020, many businesses were forced to adapt to the increased need to work outside of an office and in a more modern environment. Through the use of co-working centers and home offices around the world, employers found that their corporate efficiency surprisingly skyrocketed. By utilizing coworking centers and home offices, employees were able to strike a balance between taking care of business in a focused environment, while also better balancing their home lives, which caused retention and productivity to soar. Below is a list of 5 of the largest companies in business today that operate exclusively outside of the traditional office setting.

1. Slack

Slack…the go-to real-time messaging, file-sharing, voice-calling, and task-organizing juggernaut, is based almost entirely out of co-working centers and home offices. The Silicon Valley firm announced in June 2020 that it would offer its current employees the option to work from home on a permanent basis. The company will also open most of its upcoming new roles to remote candidates, and indicated that it is moving towards a more asynchronous work place by encouraging employees to work hours that make sense for them.

2. Twitter

Twitter was one of the first companies to announce allowing employees who wish to work from home to do so permanently. The company offers a hybrid remote work setup with co-working spaces available in most major cities across the US.

3. Pinterest

Due to the pandemic, Pinterest announced they would not be expecting employees to return to the office on a permanent basis. This means one of the fastest growing social networks is built out of co-working centers, coffee shops, and home offices around the world.

4. Shopify

Shopify’s CEO announced in May 2020 that the company would be “digital by default,” taking on a permanent remote approach post-pandemic due to the increased efficiency and preferred lifestyle communicated by their employees.

5. Upwork

Upwork operates the world’s largest freelance marketplace platform. It allows businesses to connect with professionals specializing in numerous skills such as writing, web and mobile development, customer service, and marketing.

Upwork CEO Hayden Brown announced in May 2020 that the company would permanently adopt a remote-first work model effective immediately.



Cape Cod is also home to some phenomenal remote workers as well. Here are 4 all-stars working out of our Hyannis and Mashpee Cape Space offices who are thriving in our spaces:

Mike Howell (SVN Safe Haven Advisors)

SVN|Safe Haven Advisors is a fouding partner of the SVN Marinas specialty practices, which strategically aligns marina, marine property and business experts located in offices in the Northeast and Southeast of the United States. SVN|Safe Haven Advisors is a differentiated advisory firm focused on unique coastal Commercial Real Estate (cCRETM), Business developed Commercial Real Estate (BdCRETM), and Special purpose CRE (SpCRETM).

Lori Watson (Chrysalis Stories)

Lori describes herself as “Author. ADHD. INFP. 4w5. Tabletop gamer. Awkward.” Her creative support services have helped innovators bring their creations to life with skill and passion.

Gabriel Mays (GoDaddy)

GoDaddy is the world’s largest services platform for entrepreneurs around the globe. They’re on a mission to empower their worldwide community of 20+ million customers — and entrepreneurs everywhere — by giving them all the help and tools they need to grow online.

John Bartlett (Integrify)

John is Integrify’s VP of Product Solutions and oversees all services and implementations of Integrify. He’s focused on planning and delivering effective process automation solutions for a wide variety of complex use cases using the Integrify platform. John has delivered hundreds of large-scale process automation solutions for customers around the world.

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