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  • Raphael Ouzan is the founder and CEO of A.Team, a startup that matches tech freelancers to companies.
  • He says adaptability is extremely underrated and looks for people who have hopped around roles instead of the 7-year Google veteran.
  • He also chooses to interview candidates over Slack, email, and other digital spaces instead of in person.

This as-told-to essay is based on a transcribed conversation with Raphael Ouzan, the founder and CEO of A.Team. It has been edited for length and clarity.

We all know that teams matter. Every company is at least one team, often many more, yet outside of sports teams, we haven’t built the science and technology to form high-performing teams. It’s about time we become more intentional about forming tech teams that can win, especially because of increasingly distributed and remote offices.

My still-in-stealth startup, A.Team, is a network of independent developers, product managers, and other highly-skilled tech professionals who are matched in teams to help companies build out new products and features.

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