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Ryan Chartrand

Can't watch the video right now? Read the transcript below. Something strange happens when you can work from anywhere. It gives you the ultimate gift -- true freedom, freedom to plan out your day, to live anywhere in the world, to go anywhere at any time, to go to the gym finally, to achieve the goals you've put off for so long. We ascend to the dream way of living and working, and yet...why is it so hard to capitalize on it? Why is it when you [...]

This past month has been the strongest hurricane month in the Atlantic Ocean that's ever been recorded. After we didn't think it could get any worse after Hurricane Harvey, it only continued with Hurricanes Irma and Maria, with Maria causing some of the biggest natural disaster damage in U.S. history. Many X-Teamers live in the Dominican Republic, and it's been an emotional time anxiously awaiting the hurricanes to pass and hoping for the best f [...]

We are proud to be some of the most motivated developers in the world. However, getting motivated and staying that way is not easy. We make a lot of effort in the X-Team community to keep motivation high. For many remote developers, the biggest motivation killer is burnout and overworking. With so few distractions and such immense focus, you can end up working 10 hours without ever getting up. To combat this in X-Team, we created Fit-Quest. Fit-Q [...]

There's never been a greater time to create an open source project. As I wrote about recently in Hackernoon, platforms like OpenCollective are giving open source projects the opportunity for sustainability like never before thanks to crowdfunding. But it's not just the hundreds of thousands of dollars in new funding that's changing the future of open source. In that post, I reference "The Larkin Effect" (Sean Larkin of Webpack), this idea that [...]

Today we’re excited to welcome four new members to the League of the Extraordinary, the honorary group of X-Teamers who have proven they are true superheroes. An X-Teamer is only able to unlock their superhero once they’ve consistently shown they know how to unleash their potential through various personal achievements. With Heroes Pack 24, we honor Jose Buitron (Ecuador), Giannis Katsanos (Greece), Nick Plekhanov (Russia), Ali Uz (Unleashed edit [...]

India is the second most populated country in the world and holds the 2nd highest population of developers in the world. Yet, it's one of the least popular places for digital nomads. Nomadlist ranks its capital, New Delhi, at #605 (out of 651). So then, what's it like being a nomad in India? X-Teamer Paul McCrodden spent 6 weeks throughout India as a nomad. Here's what he had to say about the trip in our #travel channel AMA: What was your favori [...]

Despite what people may tell you, you don't need an office to create an incredibly satisfied, fulfilled and, ultimately, happy team. I know this because every week when I read the feedback we get from our remote team spread across 30 countries, it usually looks like this: "Even though we are all remote, I never felt as close to a team as this one." - Henrique B. I've been building happy teams remotely since I was 10-years-old using the family [...]

Redux creator Dan Abramov asked his massive audience of JS devs on Twitter what the most interesting things in the JS world are. I condensed the huge list of responses to the most popular ones here. It's a very interesting look into the future of JS over the next year. TLDR: Functional programming is no longer just for the hipsters. Is it time to roll out the red carpet? Here are some of the highlights in order of popularity (most popular to leas [...]

On Dec. 1, we gave every X-Teamer $50 to donate toward any charity, cause, open source project, foundation, etc. Within a few days, they'd donated to more than 30 different causes in 15 countries around the world. We were so inspired learning about all of the amazing work being done around the world, we had to share some of them here. Thank you again to all of the X-Teamers who participated in this. Also to X-Teamers Noah Muth and Josh Johnston w [...]

One of the biggest highlights of the year for X-Team was the unveiling of the X-Outpost, our roaming hacker house. Looking back now, what an epic adventure it has been joining the co-living movement. In 2016, the X-Outpost was hosted in 4 countries and 5 cities, including: Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) Naples, Italy Boston, MA Chicago, IL Koh Phangan, Thailand To learn more about how we created this co-living experience for our community of devel [...]