Remote, or distributed work, is all the rage lately. Teams around the world are increasingly rejecting the classic butts-in-seats model for one that embraces working from home, the coffee shop, and beyond.

In the process, these teams are benefitting from having access to the largest pool of talent, a pool that is no longer found only in one single metro in the U.S. but across the entire world.

At Ionic, we’re a team of 40 with about half in Madison, WI, a few folks in Boston, a few in Spain, one in India, and the rest distributed around the US. …

I’m now ~6 years into building a venture-backed software startup in the midwest (Madison, WI, specifically).

As an exercise, I often ask myself: “If I had to start another company tomorrow, would I do it here or go somewhere else?”

A few years ago, my answer to that question was that I would probably try somewhere else, not necessarily because I felt Madison was bad for running a startup, but because I felt like there was probably something significant I was missing out on by not being in a larger, more established city. …

Over the last few years, TypeScript has emerged as a powerhouse in the frontend world, helping teams build and maintain large, complex frontend software projects across a variety of frontend technologies.

At Ionic, we’ve gone all-in on TypeScript, building not only our flagship Ionic Framework in TypeScript, but building customer dashboards, utilities like Stencil, and product documentation generation tools, all based around the language.

After a few years of investing in TypeScript, we’ve experienced both the predictable benefits of incorporating static typing, but also a number of surprising advantages, both in terms of engineering and our business. …


Max Lynch

Co-founder @ionicframework. I build stuff for computers, humans, and robots.