The Memo: #26 (81+ remote jobs)

Hey folks, 

Last week, I mentioned Peanut, the community for new mothers, and their excellent video that explains the need for their app in a very clever way. 

Well it seems that the people at Peanut are just all-round pretty clever. The app draws inspiration from Tinder’s swipe left/swipe right model. But, in this YouTube video, Peanut’s founder, Michelle Kennedy, mentions how the team didn’t want people to fill rejected when others swiped left. So they changed the actions: you swipe up to wave at someone and swipe down for maybe later. It’s subtle but I think it’s a great way of reframing/rebranding an action to minimize the negative feelings people might have when they use your product or service. Side note: if you’re a mom, or you have moms involved in your side project, the Peanut app could potentially be an interesting place to find early users. 

Lean Luxe, a newsletter focused on direct-to-consumer luxury businesses created by Paul Munford, has a unique way of on-boarding users into its Slack group. Anyone looking to get in has to first be a subscriber to the free newsletter for at least a month and they have to maintain an open-rate of at least 60%. Hunter Walk of Homebrew wrote a blog post on the model and I’ve seen others deploy it since learning of it. One reason I think it’s quite clever: newsletters typically have an open-rate at or below 50%. This model, if deployed successfully, could lead to a 10% increase in the open-rates compared to peers and could be valuable for differentiation when pitching potential sponsors. 

Things to think about if you’re thinking about building a community.


There’s been quite the influx of emails, new sign ups and new paying members since the last newsletter. So, let’s step back and talk about why I started The Memo.

  • Stock options. I noticed that many remote positions did not include stock options and I wanted to be an advocate for startups to find a way to grant stock options to their remote staff.  

  • A new model. Lots of people talk about how the future of work is remote but the models for in the hiring space seem to be the same. What would it look like if we placed the emphasis on the candidate and their career?

  • Out of office. My own inclination is to design a career around not working in a corporate environment. I’ve spoken to many subscribers & members, and you expressed the same idea: finding a way to minimize office politics seems to be a priority. 

Why am I building this community now?

  • No love for LinkedIn. I personally don’t get much value out of LinkedIn, ane there seems a general backlash against LinkedIn. There’s an opportunity to build a career community, with a new model, specifically for remote workers. 

  • Hidden positions. In talking to founders, I realized that many companies would consider hiring remote but don’t actively brand themselves as “remote-first” or
    “remote-friendly.” There’s an opportunity to connect people to those roles. 

  • Large opportunity. There’s lots of people that are interested in remote work, but I suspect that there are many many more that have never considered and would find it valuable. 


Right now, we are a job board delivered via email. We’re like Scott’s Cheap Flights but for remote jobs. (There’s additional perks for members who support us.)

How are we different from other remote job boards?

A fair amount of the jobs and companies that we feature aren’t also published on AngelList, WeWorkRemotely or the other job boards. 


Support the newsletter and community by becoming a founding member.

So, all that to say, if you’re interested in supporting this project as we try to rethink how remote workers connect to new roles and launch side projects, I’m extending the founding member deal, where you can join for just $69/lifetime (one-time fee) by using this discount coupon:

Join for $69/lifetime

Note: I need to manually switch accounts from annual to lifetime and will confirm the switch and I reach out to you with the welcome email.

Why join?

  • Founding member status

  • CV + cover letter review whenever you need it

  • Community 1-on-1s

  • Early access to each newsletter 

  • No ads ever

  • Best practice tips on building your own side project (let’s set up call/Google chat to talk about what you’re building)

We’re working on other benefits for founding members, which you can read about on our about page.


Newsletter sponsorships do not seem to be worth it. I’ve been reaching out to companies about sponsoring the newsletter and then using those funds to support one or more community-led side projects. The quoted rates are far too low and I don’t think it’s worth moving forward on that front, at the moment.

I did, however, speak to a coding bootcamp that offered a referral fee if anyone signs up. If anyone is thinking about doing a coding bootcamp, I’ll get the referral link and give you back the 5%-10% that the company would be giving me. Happy to do this for anyone in the community, subscriber or member. Also happy to do this for other services, if you let me know what service you’re looking for.


One more thing:

  • Interesting blog post by The World Economic Forum on how people can remain competitive in an evolving job market that’s being increasingly reshaped by technology. Two things they recommend: adopt the mindset of the lifelong learner and build a portfolio career. Basically: learn new stuff and build new stuff. (As always, if you’re thinking of a side project or working on one, reach out. I’d love to hear about it).

Cheers,

Chris ✌️

Subscribe for free and join the community!


Engineering

Senior software engineer (JS/TS) – Linear (about page)

Full-stack engineer – Guilded (JS, React, SQL)

Back-End Developer (Early Career) – Prolific (Remote, UK)

Back-End Developer (Experienced) – (Remote, UK)

Senior Backend Developer – Taplytics (Node.js) 

Fullstack Developer Customer Solutions – Crate.io

Performance Engineer

Mobile App Developer

Frontend Engineer

DevOps Engineer

Backend Engineer

Fullstack Engineer

Senior Full-stack JavaScript Engineer – Aula (React, Node.js) – (Remote within GMT +/- 6 hours)

Junior/Graduate Developer (Go, Node, PHP) – Flyt (Europe) £30,000 - £50,000

Remote Junior/Graduate Developer (Go, Node, PHP) – Flyt (North America) $40,000 CAD - $70,000 CAD

Ruby & Go Systems Developer – DNSimple (jobs page)

Senior RoR Full-stack Developer – MarsBased (Europe) €35K and €42K

Senior RoR Backend Developer – (Europe) €35K and €42K

Kubernetes Solution Engineer – Giant Swarm (US East Coast)

Platform Engineer – (Europe)

Platform Engineer, VMWare – (Europe)

Senior Solutions Engineer – source{d} 49,000€ to 53,000€ + 0.1%

Senior Software Engineer, Applications Team – 49-53,000€ + 0.195%

Lead Software Engineer, Applications Team – 58,000 Euros + 0.195% (between SF & Moscow)

Lead Infrastructure Engineer – 58,000€ + 0.195%

Senior Backend Engineer – Khan Academy (US, Canada)

ReactJS Developer – ColorElephant

Frontend Engineer, Indie Hackers – Stripe

Product

Product Manager (Mid Level) – IOHK

Product Manager – Crate.io

Agile Coach

Senior Product Manager – source{d}

Experienced Digital Project Manager– ColorElephant

Director of Product – rtCamp (part-time contract)

Data Science 

Business Intelligence Analyst – IOHK

Data Analyst (w/ intermediate German) – Idego

Senior Software Engineer, Data Retrieval Team – source{d} (between SF and Moscow) 49-53,000€ + 0.195%

Senior Data Infrastructure Engineer – Khan Academy (US, Canada)

Data Analytics & BI Engineer – FindHotel

Sr. Business Intelligence Engineer – Upwork

Marketing

Community Lead – IOHK

US Head of Marketing – Aula (US)

Head of Marketing – ColorElephant

VP Marketing & Demand Generation – Giant Swarm

Project Manager – Exposure Ninja

Temporary Content Marketing Specialist

Copywriting Expert – B12

Game Developer Relations Manager – CrazyGames

Head of Communications – Chainlink

Community Lead (South East Asia)

Content Marketing and Community Manager – Packlane (US, Canada)

Design

Product Designer – Linear (about page)

Product Designer – Guilded

UI/UX Designer – Idego

Senior Illustrator – Khan Academy (US)

Web Designer – B12

Creative Director – rtCamp

Web Designer

Head of Design – Chainlink

Sales

Sales Executive – ArangoDB (UK preferred; also, central european metropolitan areas (e.g. Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam))

Sales Executive – (East Coast, e.g. Chicago, Boston, New York, Atlanta)

Account Executive, Europe – source{d} (Europe)

Director of Business Development (China) – Chainlink

Director of Business Development

Account Manager – Packlane

Operations, Support & Other

Research Support & Consultancy – Prolific (Remote, UK)

Research Fellow – IOHK

Technical Writer – Crate.io

Customer Operations– Flyt (£22,000 - £26,000)

Bookkeeper/Admin Assistant(full or part-time)

Technical Support

Customer Success Technician – DNSimple (jobs page)

Senior Technical Support – ArangoDB (US East Coast hours)

Solutions Architect – (US West Coast)

Sales Engineer – Giant Swarm

Senior Sales Engineer – source{d} (Europe, pref Paris or Madrid)

Head of People – Chainlink

Developer Evangelist

Technical Documentation Writer

Head of Finance – Lingo

Language and Communication Coach


Subscribe for free and join the community!