Every entrepreneur must emphasise employee demands, particularly during times of international turbulence, according to Alina Vandenberghe.
Chili Piper was co-founded by the Romanian native and her husband, Nicolas Vandenberghe, in 2016. The start-platform up’s enables businesses such as Spotify, Airbnb, Twilio, and Shopify to optimise their scheduling and contact forms. The Vandenberghes chose to operate Chili Piper completely remotely, and the company now employs more than 220 employees in 40 countries, including those in Ukraine and Russia.
“I want to ensure that [the personnel in Russia and Ukraine] are safe and equipped to execute their jobs,” Vandenberghe stated. “Even if my plans to launch certain items are delayed, if my financials suffer as a result of our inability to bring those things to market, everything pales in contrast to what these folks are going through.”
Vandenberghe has discovered that putting employees first, offering flexible work hours that allow employees to work from desirable locations, and travelling to each country where you intend to hire in order to become acquainted with cultural differences are critical components of running a successful remote-only business.