Remote work is growing. Big companies are transforming their cultures to be flexible and remote friendly. If isn’t already part of your hiring and retention strategy, incorporating a flex and remote work policy into your game plan should be your 2020 New Year’s Resolution. But following through on that is easier said than done.

That’s why we put together a list of 20 remote work experts and influencers for you to follow and learn from in 2019.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried is the founder and CEO of Basecamp, a remote communication and collaboration software company. He is an Inc. columnist focusing on leadership in a rapidly changing working world, and is the co-author of the books Getting Real, REWORK, Remote, and It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work.

Why You Should Follow Him

Jason is the best kind of thought leader: focused on real problems and real solutions. As a Basecamp founder and leader, he continues to impact the future of work every day. We recommend following Jason and his Basecamp colleagues at their blog Signal v. Noise where they talk about everything from venture capital trends, to the future of work, to current trends in workplace culture.

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Hiten Shah

Hiten is a serial entrepreneur and startup advisor. He is known for the analytics companies that he co-founded,Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. He is also a co-founder of FYI, where he is working to make life easier for remote workers. Hiten is a remote work pro and has been sharing his experience and contributing to the remote work community for years.

Why You Should Follow Him

Unlike many entrepreneurs, Hiten communicates openly and honestly about his successes and failures alike. In his blog My Billion Dollar Mistake, Hiten calls out our collective tendency to try to solve the problems we imagine exist, rather than problems are customers have identified. He says, “There were so many times when I thought about giving up during the early days. Over and over again, I felt like we were doing it all wrong. Making guesses about the problems people had. Building to solve problems we had imagined.

We were searching in the dark to solve painful problems. We had a clear vision, but our execution was flawed. All we knew was that we wanted to reinvent the analytics market.”
I’m sure many of us can relate to his story and it’s this kind of insight that makes him a must follow. Don’t forget to check his recent report on the state of remote work.

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Jeremy Scrivens

Jeremy Scrivens is Director at The Emotional Economy at Work, where he uses the principles of positive transformation to imagine and engineer a new future of work. He is known for his work in coaching innovation, collaboration, and engagement at scale. Jeremy is a global thought leader in building up collaboration in the digital world.

Why You Should Follow Him

As an advocate and leader, he focuses on the human element in work, emphasizing people over products in the future of work. His toolkit, Putting People First, helps HR professionals and business leaders keep workers at the center of how they think about the future of work.

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Matt Mullenweg

Matt Mullenweg is the CEO at Automattic and co-founder of WordPress. He specializes in simplifying the complex and hiring. His work at WordPress involved growing the open source platform which now runs over 31% of all websites.

Why You Should Follow Him

Matt helped founded WordPress and remains its lead developer to this day. He’s been shaping the remote work world since 2003, creating tools and platforms that have powered the shift to remote work. On his Twitter, Matt shares essential remote and future of work news.

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Zack Onisko

Zack Onisko is the CEO of Dribbble, a community for designers where they can share, grow and find new positions. He has almost 15 years of experience in analytical product growth and is a marketing strategist. He has grown and led three startups to successful acquisitions.

Why You Should Follow Him

Zack is a designer and marketer who’s spent the last few years of his career creating communities and tools for other designers. His thoughts on marketing are always worth hearing.

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Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer is a CEO and founder at PeopleG2 and the author of The Power of Company Culture. He believes that people drive business forward, and that being armed with the best intelligence while making people-related decisions is just good business. He is also a recognized authority on how to implement and change company culture in growing entrepreneurial organizations, as well as to implement and to engage virtual staff.

Why You Should Follow Him

What is his attitude towards remote work? Chris says that “remote work is the fundamental change business can make to have happier employees and drive performance.”

Follow Chris’s blog and LinkedIn and read his inspirational articles!

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Kate Kendall

Kate Kendall is a tech entrepreneur, community builder, writer and advisor. She is a founder of three tech companies: CloudPeeps, Atto Accelerator, and Indie Labs.

Why You Should Follow Her

In December, Kate wrote a piece called The Real Future of Remote Work is Asynchronous, in which she argues that it’s time to get away from “presence prison” and back to focusing on real productivity. In remote environments, team members can work at different times without any loss of productivity. In fact, in some roles, asynchrony is a huge advantage and constant communication a distraction.

We also recommend checking out her blog. It’s a bit out of date but her articles on remote work and related topics are still great.

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Andreas Klinger

Andreas Klinger is the head of remote at AngelList, managing a large team of remote developers and setting standards for remote work across the whole industry. At Remote First Capital, he works to fund companies that believe remote is the future of work and work to make that a reality.

Why You Should Follow Him

Andreas doesn’t blog as much as he used to, but on his Twitter and LinkedIn he still shares valuable insight into the remote first attitude. Back in December, he published Managing Remote Teams – A Crash Course, a back to basics guide for the doubters and remote newcomers.

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Sophie Wade

Sophie Wade is a founder and workforce innovation specialist at Flexcel Network. She helps businesses transform their mindset and operations for the future of work. You can find her writing at Huffpost, Fortune, Medium and on her own blog.

Why You Should Follow Her

A lot of influencers call themselves innovative or divergent thinkers, but Sophie really is one. Like some of the other folks on this list, she advocates for keeping people at the center of all processes and plans. We especially recommend reading Sophie’s blog, where she has a section entirely dedicated to workplace flexibility.

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Tim Schumacher

Tim is the Chairman of Eyeo, headquartered in Cologne, Germany. They created the gamechaning software Adblock Plus, which has been downloaded over 1 billion times worldwide. He is also involved in several different other projects as an angel investor

Why You Should Follow Him

Tim is a digital first entrepreneur with a focus on sustainability, transparency and fairness. It’s always worth following his projects and getting his thoughts on the future of work.

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Michael Sliwinski

Michael is a productivity expert and founder of Nozbe, which aims to help remote teams manage time, tasks and projects. He is the author of the books 10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity and No Office Apps. Michael is an advocate for remote work and for companies moving away from enterprise applications towards more flexible environments tailored to their needs.

Why You Need to Follow Him

Michael is a content machine, publishing new blogs and podcasts weekly. He’s passionate about productivity and innovation but has a number of other interests as well. He casts a wide net and what he catches is always useful – and interesting.

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Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran is a future of work expert and a founder at NextMapping. Through her company, Cheryl helps leaders, teams and entrepreneurs be future-ready now

Why You Should Follow Her

Cheryl says that “the future of work is quickly changing – companies that have remote work options have the best competitive advantage for attracting highly talented people. “We recommend following her on LinkedIn, where she writes about her experiences in preparing the world for the future of work!

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Steli Efti

Steli Efti is the CEO of Close, a company which offers a sales communication platform for managing client relations. It’s 100% remote and has 33 people on its team. They also offer two annual retreats for their employees to help build up a positive company culture.

Why You Should Follow Him

Steli isn’t much of a blogger, but alongside Hiten, he podcasts regularly at The Startup Chat. The podcast covers everything to do with new and growing startups, including managing remote teams. Give it a listen here.

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Amir Salihefendić

Amir Salihefendic is founder & CEO at Doist, a company that specializes in productivity software. Doist creates tools that simplify and help organize your day. They are also big remote work advocates and want to help people improve their productivity and make the most out of the time they have available in the day.

Why You Should Follow Him

Amir is a Twitter must follow, regularly sharing insightful threads on the future of remote work. Check out this one from last March, on the importance of asynchrony in remote work.

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Kieran Flanagan

Kiran is currently the VP of growth at HubSpot, which provides tools for marketing and software sales. His role mainly covers global web strategy and acquisition for their sales and freemium funnels. He is also a recognised author who helps advise and mentor startups. He speaks at numerous events all around the globe.

Why You Should Follow Him

Kieran publishes great articles on his LinkedIn that are valuable for anyone in marketing, growth, or at an early stage startup. On Twitter, where he’s more active, Keiran shares his thoughts on remote work, entrepreneurship, marketing and more.

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Wade Foster

Wade Foster is co-founder and CEO at Zapier, an ecosystem of app integrations allowing you to easily automate and connect almost every app that you already use. They have a fully remote team that is growing. Their goal is to get rid of the tedious parts of your working day.

Why You Should Follow Him

Wade is more a curator than a writer. On Twitter he’s always busy sharing new perspectives on productivity, entrepreneurship, remote work and more. Wade casts a wide net, so expect to have your own network expanded.

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Rodolphe Dutel

Rodolphe Dutel is a former director at Buffer and the founder of Remotive.io, a job board for remote workers.

Why You Should Follow Him

We especially recommend following Rodolphe on Twitter – he is one of those people who can grasp the essence of the topic and translate it to 280 characters long masterpiece. Here’s an example.

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Scott Dawson

Scott Dawson is a remote work expert and a UX designer and front-end developer. He is the author of the book, The Art of Working Remotely and moderator of the popular Twitter forum #remotechat. If you’re not already participating in #remotechat, get connecting with remote professionals and experts!

Why You Should Follow Him

Scott drives conversations through #remotechat and everywhere else in his online presence. Follow Scott to keep on top of the most important trends in the remote work community and, of course, in UX/UI design.

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Lisette Sutherland

Lisette Sutherland is the director of Collaboration Superpowers, a company that helps people work together from anywhere through online and in-person workshops. She is also the creator of a weekly podcast of the same name featuring interviews with remote working experts, highlighting the challenges and successes of working with virtual teams.

Why You Should Follow Her

On Twitter Lisette tells stories of remote teams doing great things. The value of highlighting the best of the best can’t be underestimated: learning about how great teams face big challenges provides inspiration for us all.

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Kathryn Tyler

Kathryn Tyler is a co-founder of Digital Mums, an educational organization on a mission to help mothers find flexible, rewarding careers. She believes that through learning, mothers can regain lost confidence and build in-demand knowledge and skills to gain a competitive advantage in the labor market.

Why You Should Follow Her

We recommend following Kathryn on Twitter where she spotlights women doing great things and shares advice on career advancement and returning to work. Kathryn is on top of the most important trends in remote and flexible work arrangements and is a great follow who believes in helping others find the careers they deserve.

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Know any other must follow influencers?

Our list of remote work experts and influencers is not exhaustive. If you feel there are others who deserve to be in our list, let us know in the comments.