I recently started at a small international startup (~130 employees) and I love it! My question is about company culture since there aren’t many US employees and we’re all remote. At what point does a startup focus on company culture? I don’t want to bring it up because it’s not at all the focus of my role, but there seems to be a lack of cohesion on the team.

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In my experience (at a lot of people's insight in startups) company culture has to be determined from the beginning. Good founders are extremely focused on values and build values-based companies. If there is a lack of cohesion early, unless they have more roles like COO to fill, it isn't something that gets reliably fixed (though it might). BUT you love your job! And it's remote, which makes it really hard to foster culture in general, so we you give them a bit of mercy for that. If you love your job I wouldn't worry until there are real problems that make that different for you.

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Obviously I have not had my coffee this morning...but you get the idea. :)

I think a lot of companies struggle with what to do when everything is remote. That actually reminds me of this one startup I was working for. They had an office and their own company culture and kind of just left the remote team to flounder around together on Slack without any real connection to that.

There was this one remote worker who would post work-related memes every day. I think he WAS the remote culture. Ha. He really helped to break the ice among everyone and kept the Slack active, which was helpful when we had to use it (for something other than his memes). I haven't worked there in a couple years but I still keep in touch with him sometimes and he's on my LinkedIn. He genuinely made an impression for a lot of us. If I could offer any advice, I would say - on some level - find a way to be that guy.

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