423: Making Work Work for Humans with Oyster’s Tony Jamous

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After his first startup went public in 2016, Tony Jamous took time off to align what he does with what he believes in. In his previous company, Nexmo, he saw the power of distributed hiring worldwide and how it changed people’s lives. So in January of 2020, he started Oyster, a software company that helps make it possible for companies everywhere to hire people anywhere. The timing of Oyster was perfect, 2 months later, remote work changed forever. Oyster’s raised 230M in 2 years, and its network includes 100 nationalities distributed across 70 countries. The business grew 20x last year and is in the top 2% of all VC-backed companies in employee engagement.

Listen to Nathan and Tony discuss:

  • Growing up during a civil war in Lebanon
  • What living in 10 different countries taught him about people
  • Taking 10 flights to Casablanca to pay his first employee
  • Strategies for leading a global and remote business
  • The perfect timing of Oyster’s launch in 2020
  • The importance of risk management in decision making
  • What he looks for in companies to invest into
  • And much more remote leadership advice…

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