ACQ2: The Acquired Interviews

With 2020 and (hopefully soon) the global pandemic coming to a close, both existing and new companies everywhere will soon face a choice of how to operate going forward. Embrace the "future" that was pulled forward by the pandemic and remain remote? Or return fully/partially to a physical office environment? For those who choose the future (and investors who are considering betting on them), Doist and its CEO Amir Salihefendić provide a 10-year case study of both the challenges that arise and the opportunities unlocked by embracing the internet to its fullest extent in growing and running an organization. And oh yeah — along the way they built a profitable, double-digit $m ARR business with 100 employees, that's been completely bootstrapped on $0 capital invested. We dive into it all!


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Topics Covered:

  • Amir and Doist's journey from side programming project to bootstrapped, double-digit million ARR global business
  • How they've operated as remote-only company for the past 10+ years, with 100 people across 35 countries and 10+ time zones
  • Why just going remote but keeping the same tools and culture as in-person doesn't solve any problems and just creates more
  • Why the temporal nature of work is just as (if not more) important than its physical location, and how the new modality of "asynchronous" work takes advantage of that
  • How remote + asynchronous unlocks massive opportunity both for new companies and the tools to serve them



What is ACQ2: The Acquired Interviews?

ACQ2 is Ben and David's conversations with expert founders and investors. Acquired the stories of great companies — and ACQ2 dives deeper into the lessons we can learn from them, often with the protagonists themselves.