5 Successful Examples of “Distributed Workforce” Companies


In this age of technological advancements and fluidity of location, telecommuting is becoming more common.

Termed as ‘Distributed Workforce‘, there are both challenges and benefits to having a workforce distributed over a wide geographical area.

Distributed workforce

Here are five examples of companies that have built the business with a remote workforce:


Automattic Inc. (160 employees) provides blogging services mainly through WordPress. All Automattic employees work from wherever they want — home or office locations any where in the world. Once a year, the entire Automattic team gets together to brainstorm company strategy and enjoy each other’s company for a while.


Treehouse Island Inc. (58+ employees) brings affordable technology education to people around the world. Treehouse employees work from the location of their choosing and most of the company is distributed. Employees collaborate on projects virtually and any employee is able to propose a new project for the company.

Universal Mind

Universal Mind Inc. (65 employees) builds custom digital solutions for clients. Since its founding in 2003, Universal Minds has been a virtual workplace, hiring motivated self-starters and encouraging freedom and responsibility in employees.


Lullabot (35 employees) is an interactive strategy, design, and development company that uses Drupal and open source technologies. As a distributed company, Lullabot does not have a central office. Tools like GoogleDocs and Yammer are used to keep the company connected. Employees mostly work during US time zone work hours, but meeting deadlines is more important than keeping set hours.

Grant Street Group

The Grant Street Group (17+ employees) is based in Pittsburgh, PA, but more than 50% of its employees work remotely, in US locations and Canada. Telecommuters are able to work from home and travel to Pittsburgh several times a year, fully reimbursed for expenses. The Grant Street Group offers flexibility in technology tools and many ways to stay connected with the corporate office.

About the Author:

Rob Rawson is a co-founder of Staff.com, a global recruitment platform where you can access very talented staff at affordable rates. They also have a technology called Time Doctor which is software to improve productivity and help keep track and know what your team is working on, even when working from home.

Rob resides in Sydney, Australia but can also be found in major cities around the globe, like Paris, Kiev or San Francisco.

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  1. Hazel Sparks says:

    Given the number of tools available for virtual collaboration right now, I am not surprised to see more companies becoming successful with this.

  2. Bill Jay says:

    It’s nice to see that there are already a number of companies that were able to make this setup work for them. The distributed workforce is a challenging setup and is definitely not for everyone.

  3. Sam Jones says:

    Great list! I was actually looking for companies that were successful with people working remotely. Then, I found this. Thanks.

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