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Discussion on: Is it possible that the software industry could become nearly 100% remote?

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Steve Belovarich • Edited

While there are a lot of people against this idea or think it won’t happen, I would like to provide some counterpoints.

  • corporations can drive down operational costs by closing satellite offices. This is usually the case when times are rough, revenue is down. That doesn’t have to be the only case though. Decisions to allow 100% remote are not altruistic and probably have more to do with the corporation’s balance sheet.

  • when working remote, I had to fill my schedule with meetups to get that in person connectivity I was yearning for. There are other ways.

  • at one point most web software was tied to locale, like the mythical server in a closet. Nowadays not so much with the cloud.

  • flu spreads in office environments.

  • as cities become more adept at coping with climate change, they can incentivize remote work. Turns out it never was a good idea for everyone to drive to the office at the same time 🤷‍♂️. Corporations are incentivized to purchase realty by local governments though, so many are correct it will never be 100% remote.

  • SpaceX Starlink bas been in the headlines recently for being the bane of every astromer’s existence, but eventually there will be satellite internet everywhere at reliable enough speeds to develop.

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