Meet Leo Widrich, co-founder and former COO of the popular social media management company, Buffer, a location-independent team (read: “Buffer goes 100% remote“).
During his one-month stay at Outsite Santa Cruz, Leo discussed with us how Buffer evolved as a distributed team – and you might be surprised to learn it wasn’t necessarily on purpose. Being able to move around and do work from wherever each employee chose was a natural by-product of company culture.
Leo and his co-founders made the decision to go remote so that employees could live and work from the places where they were happiest.
As Leo puts it, “to find where you are happiest, you need to go and explore."
Leo supports Outsite because we help build communities of digital nomads worldwide, and combat lonliness on the road. Buffer encourages employees to find these communities and create social experiences.
In order to share with other nomads what the experience of community on the road looks and feels like, Leo generously decided to share pictures of his time with us in Santa Cruz with you, the Outsite reader.
Goofing off in front of the Outsite house with new found friend Patrick
Surfing with friends at Pleasure Point
Leo gets to work in his wet suit
The Surfing Museum near Steamer Lane
Swanton Berry Farm (Britt, Outsite’s House Manager, LOVES this place!)
Sunset near Steamer Lane
Another sunset at Getchell Cove
Another sunset at Mitchell’s Cove
Afternoon at Natural Bridges
Surf session with Leo and Patrick
The best chicken and waffles at Discretion Brewery
Work session at the Outsite coworking space
Watching whale watchers
BBQ during the Startup Surf Bus
Leo improving his skating form
Ready to start your nomadic adventure? Join us at any of our locations worldwide, and you might just bump into Leo himself!
Words: Annie Brown // Outsite & Buffer Documentarian
Photographs: Outsite & Leo Widrich