#USA How do some of the biggest startups stay on top of international teams?




For many startups from countries like Australia and New Zealand, the relatively small size of the local market pushes them to go global, and quickly.

That mindset means learning how to manage offices in multiple countries, time zones and languages — something that requires some quick adaption.

Laura Cardinal, global general manager at the accounting software company Xero, handles a team of 150 product developers, engineers and product managers across Melbourne, Australia and Wellington, New Zealand.

She said learning to work with teams in multiple locations was a significant learning curve. “I took it for granted that you could just walk up to someone and say ‘hi’ and gauge their facial expression,” she explained. Read more…

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