Episode 27: Leading with Values: Sid Sijbrandij joins Matt Mullenweg to talk about GitLab, Transparency and Growing a Distributed Company

Matt welcomes Sid Sijbrandij, Co-Founder and CEO of GitLab, another pioneering company with Open Source origins and a long-running commitment to a completely distributed workforce.  Sid and Matt settle into a conversation about how GitLab’s six values are reinforced in 20 ways at the fully-remote company.  GitLab, now with more than 1,300 employees, updated its values over 300 times in the last calendar year.  “They have to be reinforced,” says Sid, “and be alive in that way.” The values, how they are experienced, and most other details and data about GitLab's processes are publicly shared in a 10,000 page Handbook. "Transparency is sunlight," says Sid. More Subscribe to Distributed at Pocket Casts, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RSS, or wherever you like to listen.

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Matt Mullenweg, cofounder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic embarks on a journey to understand the future of work. Having built his own company with no offices and more than 1,300 employees in 76 countries, speaking 95 different languages, Mullenweg examines the benefits and challenges of distributed work and recruiting talented people around the globe.