Speaking Startup: Working from home and avoiding door handles

This week’s Speaking Startup podcast features two entrepreneurs who have hatched solutions to challenges being brought to the fore by the spread of the coronavirus.

First up: navigating remote work. Bryan Helmig is co-founder and chief technology of Zapier, a company that lets users sync software applications to help automate their work. When Helmig and his co-founders started Zapier, they worked remotely out of necessity — the Columbia-born startup was a side project without an official office space. Today, the company remains remote by choice, employing some 300 people across more than 25 countries. Along the way, Helmig and his colleagues have gleaned insights about remote teams that they are now sharing with companies being forced to work from home by the pandemic.

After that: avoiding high-touch surfaces. Southwest Missouri entrepreneur Mike Sewell is one of the co-creators of the StepNpull, a tool for opening doors without touching handles. The product was designed to reduce the spread of germs and has seen a surge in demand due to the coronavirus.


The Speaking Startup podcast explores news and issues important to Missouri entrepreneurs. Find more Speaking Startup on our website or wherever you get podcasts.


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