How to Get Started in Remote Work

If you have worked remotely, worked for a startup or owned your own business then you likely have the skills to work remotely. Unlike a traditional job, where you show up at time X and leave at time Y and put in your 40 or so hours, most remote workers set their own hours, they decided where they will work from and have to be self-motivated to get things done.

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The Seeds of Remote Company Leadership and Culture

If you want your remote company to be successful, you’ll need for a culture centered on results, trust and transparency. You can run a brick and mortar company in the old way, it will be at a competitive disadvantage, but you could do it. If you try using traditional management practices with a remote company, it will fail.

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The Super Happiness Challenge!

I’ve been to quite a few pitch sessions and this was by far the most inspirations pitch session I’ve ever been to. I was brought to the point of tears many times over the course of the afternoon. To see so many people trying to do good in the world in one place was humbling and quite inspirational. 

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Unintended Consequences of the Fair Pay Act

California takes a huge step forward by requiring employers to be transparent about wages. Gone are the days when HR and a few high-level folks know who gets paid what. The new law, created under the guise of equal pay for women, requires employers to reveal pay ranges for open positions upon request, it also prohibits polices forbidding employees from disclosing their wages. In my view, it’s just a matter of time until all CA employers list pay ranges with employment ads.

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Hello Austin!!!

After spending a couple of years in Asia, it was time to come back to the US.  

Why Austin? 

  • It's a great city 
  • I have a friend base here
  • The job from looks good
  • Buying a house is affordable

I've already lived on the East and West coast, it's time for something new!  

I'm looking for a leadership | technical role where I can take on a huge complex project,  and get it organized and performing. I love leading teams and I'm a great individual contributor and team member. 

I've been checking out the Austin Startup scene, starting to make connections and meet folks. If I can be helpful to you, please ask.

LinkedIn: ecolbeth

Inle Lake, Myanmar

This was the best place I visited in Myanmar. It had the smallest feel, was easy to navigate, and had everything I needed. I stayed in a great little guest house, less than a 10 minute walk from the middle of town, Blissful Inn. It was quite clean and the staff were very helpful. The price was right too!  They took care of all my needs, got my on a bus to get me to Bagan and arranged a boat for me. Oh and the price includes a free breakfast with eggs made to order. $20.00 for a single.

I decided last minute to take a train from Yangon to Inle Lake. Last minute was the theme for this trip. No planning, no research. I didn’t even get my visa until the day of my flight. The trains in Myanmar are horribly outdated and the tracks didn’t feel very level. You could look down the train and see the cars swaying back in forth in a chaotic dance and while I was in my sleeper bed, I caught air more than once. I might have caught a few minutes of sleep here and there. But I love trains and try to avoid busses and there was a very good reason for taking the train.

There is a slow train that winds through the backcountry and mountains from Thazi to Inle. It’s a great way to get a feel for the country and its people if you don’t have the time to do proper exploring. It was well worth losing a nights sleep for the wonderful train ride through the countryside. I won’t say the scenery was anything close to northern Vietnam or rice terraces in the Philippines, but it was nice. 


There is one, must do thing in Inle, a tour around the lake in a boat. I had the boat to myself, which was great, I’d highly recommend it. Normally, a trip like this takes all day when you have a full boat of 5-6 people. I was able to do it in a bit over a half day, which left me with time to get a great massage at the spa in town. Having my own boat I went were I wanted and stayed for as long as I wanted. No waiting on anyone and it was under $20 bucks!  

There were many village on the lake, all on stilts, some had built up little islands as yards, most were free standing huts with woven bamboo walls.  The first thing you see when you come out on to the lake are these fisherman guys, who perform for tips. They have some serious balance! 


There’s a bunch of tourist traps, places selling over priced locally made tourist stuff. But 2 of them are worth stopping at. There are places that make thread from lotus flowers, spin it, dye it, and weave it with old school looms. They show you the whole process in the shop, it was pretty cool. I also stopped at the wood makers. The guy showed me how they make boats like the one I was in. Also cool. The rest, just skip.  

One thing that really surprised me is they build water gardens and I saw an acre of tomato’s growing in them!  

Inle was had the best feel about it and is laid out conveniently. It felt like a beach town. I’d spend some more time there and do some tracking as well.

Yangon, Myanmar

The nicest people in South East Asia can be found in Myanmar. I’ve never come across a country with so many friendly people. After a 2 year break from writing and traveling, I find myself on the road again. I’m here in Yangon largely because it’s one of the only countries I’ve not been to in Asia and yes, I’m keeping score.


Yangon is the largest city in Myanmar and I didn’t do much here, mostly I planned the rest of my trip and acclimated to this new (to me), wonderful, strange, country. 

I did manage to find the only Indian Pizza I’ve ever had outside of San Francisco.  And checked out a temple or two. 

There is a lot of outdated information about Myanmar on the internet. Especially where currency and ATM’s are concerned. You should bring some US dollars for emergency money, but there is no need to bring all the money you think you will need for your trip. There were ATM’s in every city I was in, Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan and Mandalay.  There is a max of about $300 per withdrawal.  Do ensure that you sell all your Kyat before leaving, unless  you plan to use it as Monopoly money.

Eatinglightbulbs, Gets a Facelift!

I’ve re skinned my blog to something more up to date and simple. It’s more readable and looks nice too!

After living and working in Asia for close to two years it is time to say goodbye! My job in Thailand ended in February and I’ve been doing some traveling. First to Bangkok, then Myanmar and at the moment I’m in Taipei. 

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