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Certainly, there are benefits. But, there are also potential downsides and challenges like:
- The challenges of working in global virtual teams.
- Building and measuring high performance teams.
- Not getting out of your house to identify and analyse market signals.
- Restricting your internal and external networks.
- Reducing the chances of innovation seeding serendipitous interactions with other people.
- Hampering your ability to build and scale a culture.
- Having to go to all those coffee shops for those nasty but inevitably necessary face to face meetings. Finding an electrical outlet or a phone charger there is another story.
- Running Zoom meetings with screaming kids and barking dogs in the background.
- Loss of productivity when Comcast interferes with your broadband service or your dog eats your cable.
- Having to go through an IRS audit because you screwed up your home office deduction.
- Getting too comfortable at home might cause you to ignore your cognitive biases.
- It's expensive to create an innovation space in your basement or spare bedroom. Plus, I mean, who decides what fabric to use to cover the sofa or whether to get a stand up desk or not?
Creating a successful startup is hard enough and will probably fail 90% of the time regardless of where or how you do it. Any computer knows that the success rate has more to do with whether you create a category killer than where you create it.
Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs on Twitter@ArlenMD and Co-editor or Digital Health Entrepreneurship.