Presentation: Building a Successful Remote Culture at Scale With Strong Ownership

Track: Building & Scaling High-Performing Teams

Location: Seacliff ABC

Duration: 11:50am - 12:40pm

Day of week: Monday

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When over 55% percent of personal communication is non-verbal, according to a famous psychology professor, how can companies build successful remote teams and foster honest communication? Should we build remote-first or remote-friendly culture as we scale? How does emotional intelligence play a part in managing remote teams effectively? In this talk, I will talk about instilling ownership through delegation and goal setting and differentiating between accountability and ownership. I will share strategies and my experience tackling these problems at Apartment List and previous companies I have worked at. The talk will cover how at Apartment List, we built a career ladder rubric to encourage ownership. How we created room for creativity called A-Time that helped build trust across teams which translated to more ownership of the product and many more examples of lessons learnt.

Speaker: Sushma Nallapeta

VP of Engineering @ApartmentList


Sushma(Sue) is a technology leader and a growth stage executive passionate about building highly performant and vastly scalable engineering systems with over a decade of experience. She is currently VP of engineering at  Apartment List. She is excited about building a culture where people are constantly learning and growing, implementing and scaling agile processes across remote teams and all levels of the organization, driving diversity/inclusion initiatives & building products that solve people problems. Her motto is “Make a lot of decisions since it enables you to think, learn and grow faster” and she is known to manage chaos with a calm. 

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