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Tapping away on his laptop, Antonio Evans ran his two companies, Socialdraft and FriendsEAT, from Pag, a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea, for part of the summer. “I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones,” he says. “I was in Croatia three years ago, when they first started filming here.” Then he planned to depart for Italy and France.
As technology has advanced, Evans’ mode of running his company is becoming more common. Many startups have gravitated to virtual models where all or some of their teams are based in other states or other countries and seldom or never meet with the entire team in person. It’s a step beyond telecommuting, a perk that 38% of employers currently allow at least some employees on a regular basis and 3% offer to all or most employees, according to 2014 research by the Families and Work Institute and the Society of Human Resource Management.
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