Although it’s not a new or foreign experience given the nature of my/our work (i.e. writing, software architecture, software development, software project management, podcasting, etc.), I somehow find myself working even more while home during this COVID-19 induced lockdown in South Africa. Getting more work done, more meetings per day done considering there’s no travel time to consider, and even the meetings tend to be more concise.

This got me thinking that this further proves the hypothesis that for tech startups, offices are overrated and as such, this opens up many possibilities like hiring a diverse team with the right skills from around the world because physical location restrictions are removed.

A photo illustrating how the world-renowned graffiti artist, Banksy, is working from home. πŸ“· Banksy

It’s not just me.

I have also been observing how many more hours my wife is putting in work-wise (she is in the ICT sector too) despite us both having to do house work (we let the helper go home for the duration of the lockdown) and be teachers to our two sons. It’s as if by some miracle, we have summoned a reserve of superpowers we never knew we had and also somehow managing to bend time at will.

For tech startups, especially across Africa, this proves that as long as the infrastructure like fast and affordable Internet is in place, electricity, and clean water, the possibilities are endless.

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