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Multiplayer Software: From Games to Collaboration Tools

August 10, 2020 29 Min Read

Have you heard the news? Epic Games, the developer of a wildly successful multiplayer game Fortnite, has just announced a massive $1.78 billion funding round. Wondering what it has to do with collaboration software? Well, it turns out, multiplayer video games and collaboration software have much more in common than meets the eye. In fact, it was video games that popularized real-time communication and collaboration long before Google Wave’s debut…

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The Art of Quick Sync-Ups for Remote Teams (Updated 2024)

August 3, 2020 20 Min Read

Who would’ve thought the transition to remote work would carry over the nuisance of daily meetings? Well, thanks to VoIP and video conferencing tools, our love-hate relationship with daily (weekly, monthly…) scrums continue. Luckily, quick sync-up meetings are here to save the day. In a now-famous email to Tesla employees, Elon Musk shared his formula for effective meetings. According to Musk, they should be small, short, and scarce. Teams should…

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Crosslink, Hyperlink, Mobile Share Widget

August 1, 2020 2 Min Read

Hi Taskaders 👋 We have a big update for you this week! 🎉 🧠 Crosslink Projects You can now link to projects using @mention and establish connections between projects in your workspace. 🔗 Hyperlink Text Simplify long links with hyperlinks and keep your projects organized. You can also paste a link over text selection to create a hyperlink. ⚡️ Mobile Share Widget Instantly save links and text to Taskade from…

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One App to Rule Them All: How Remote-First Teams Succeed

July 31, 2020 27 Min Read

Last year at our Y Combinator demo day presentation, we set out on a journey to make Taskade a breath of fresh air in the team collaboration space. We created a remote-first productivity tool that would enable teams to collaborate in real-time without friction. We wanted to build a remote-first productivity tool, for ourselves and other distributed teams like us, in one unified workspace. Fast-forward to today, our priorities haven’t…

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Email in Remote Workflows: A Complicated Relationship

July 20, 2020 23 Min Read

Terry Crews doesn’t check his email before hitting the gym, but it’s a safe bet that everyone else does. Over the course of almost 50 years (!), email has become a staple in our professional lives. Now that the modern workplace pivots to remote, it’s about time we challenged the status quo: Does @mailto belong in remote workflows? 🤔 If you’re like most knowledge workers, chances are you have a…

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Multi-Select Enhancements, Streamlined Workspace Filtering

July 16, 2020 2 Min Read

Hi Taskaders 👋 We have many exciting improvements for Taskade this week! ⚡️ Drag to Reorder Multiple Tasks You can now select and drag multiple tasks at once to move them around. ⚡️ Tab to Indent Multiple Tasks Organize faster with TAB to indent or SHIFT + TAB to outdent multiple tasks. ⚡️ New Workspace Filtering It’s now faster and simpler to filter assignees and tags in your workspace. Thanks…

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Multitasking for Remote Cross-Functional Teams (Updated for 2024)

July 15, 2020 22 Min Read

Do you think you can juggle multiple tasks and not flop any of them? Well, let’s just say that the myth of multitasking was busted a long time ago. But don’t worry, you can still bet on *remote* cross-functional teams that are up for the task (or two). 🏋️ Regardless if you are a freelancer or work as part of a remote team, some tasks and projects are just too…

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How to Write a Memo: Effective Business Communication 101

July 9, 2020 33 Min Read

Written communication is going through a renaissance of sorts. With the rise of remote work, the ability to express thoughts in a clear and organized manner is in high demand. But while asynchronous communication these days is mostly about chat, emails and texts, there’s another writing skill you should master — how to write a memo. Memos (memorandums for short) aren’t only a domain of high-profile CEOs. They’re a great,…

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Real-Time Multiplayer Indicators for Typing, Chat, Local Time

June 30, 2020 3 Min Read

Hi Taskaders 👋 We have a multiplayer update this week focused on remote collaboration! ⚡️ ✍️ Real-Time Typing Indicator You can now work in real-time with your team! When multiple people are editing a project, you will see their profile avatars and where they are typing. 💬 Real-Time Online Indicator When chatting in a project, you can now see who else is online in the chatbox. People online will have a “🟢” presence icon next to their profile avatars. ⏰ Local…

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Onboarding and Mentoring Remote Employees

June 29, 2020 32 Min Read

Remember the 1992 Glengarry Glen Ross scene where Alec Baldwin’s character schools the sales team on the principles of Always Be Closing (ABC)? That’s some A-level mentoring right there. Wouldn’t it be cool if fully distributed teams could get a *similar* learning experience through remote mentoring sessions? 🤝 What’s Remote Mentoring? 📘 Mentoring: employee training system under which a senior or more experienced individual (the mentor) is assigned to act…

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Internet Relay Chat (IRC): How It All Started

June 25, 2020 20 Min Read

These days, synchronous (real-time) communication is almost too easy. There are dozens of tools that let teams chat, video conference and get work done. Some, like Taskade, combine all that functionality together, in one unified workspace. But back in the early Internet days, there was only one communication king, and its name was Internet Relay Chat (IRC). 👑 For over 30 years (!), the IRC protocol has enabled millions of…

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Diffusing Conflict in Distributed Teams

June 25, 2020 17 Min Read

Team conflicts happen, whether it’s a simple difference of opinion, misalignment, or a squabble over project details, disagreements happen in all types of organizations. But dealing with team conflicts remotely… that’s a whole new type of challenge. 😱 Discord in a remote workplace is tricky to spot, and a heck of a challenge to deescalate, once it goes past a certain point. After all, remote employees (and managers) can’t just…

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