Even before the coronavirus forced companies all over the world to adopt remote working, there’s been a rapid emergence of software and tech platforms that power remote work. Now that coronavirus has escalated into a global pandemic, it will add to a powerful cocktail of factors driving the remote work growth spurt.

As the organiser of worldwide conferences for SaaS founders and investors, I get to see trends in the tech ecosystem before others and I predict that the home working boom will impact more than just a shift in our personal lifestyles. As the startup ecosystem de-concentrates, the balance of power shifts away from the established tech hubs. Talent pools are becoming democratised and CEOs are having to think globally to build scalable products.

Why now? What’s driving the remote-first trend?

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