About Status Hero
Status Hero’s founders have decades of experience leading software teams and working at remote pioneers like GitLab and Basecamp. We use our product every day to stay connected and work better, together.
Our origin story
Henry Poydar, founder here. A few years ago, I was a co-founder and CTO of a startup that was acquired by a publicly-traded company. As part of the acquisition, my team and I were trusted with swapping out a crucial piece of ten-year-old infrastructure.
Our team quickly grew to more than 50 people across engineering, ops, product, marketing, and management — all spread out over several time zones. Meeting requests and pings of all sorts were coming in, at all hours, across different channels.
Only about 5% of these messages really deserved my attention. But because I didn’t know which 5% mattered, I had to triage them all. I was drowning in information, but didn’t have a handle on what was actually getting built and how I could be most useful to my team. Chaos.
A few Googlers turned me on to their solution for the madness: a process called “snippets.” It’s simple; each week, team members respond to an automated email with what they did the previous week and what they intended to do this week. I implemented their approach, and the difference was night and day.
There was just one problem; all the information still had to flow through me. That problem led to Status Hero; a place where everyone on a team can quickly and easily stay on top of the things that really matter.
We *know* modern work
Status Hero is made up of tech veterans who’ve been leading teams and working in remote and hybrid contexts since long before a global pandemic shook things up. We combine a wealth of experience from some of the world’s leading project management and software development companies, including Basecamp and GitLab. These pioneers in the remote-working space helped shape our pragmatic approach to modern work.
Henry has built successful software products and led high-performing software teams for over two decades. His rich professional history includes engineering and leadership roles in a variety of organizations, from remote-first bootstrapped businesses and venture-backed startups to publicly-traded companies with globally distributed teams.
Dinshaw has been building and maintaining commercial web applications since the early 2000's. He has worked as a developer and team lead on projects ranging from self-funded start-ups to publicly-traded, enterprise organizations. He is devoted to practicing and sharing the craft of software and believes that communication and simplicity are the pillars of success.
As a founding member of several remote-first businesses, and a remote product development consultant to large enterprises for more than six years, Joey is well versed in the challenges that remote and distributed teams face every day.
With 15+ years of experience leading Product Management and Customer Support teams at in-office and fully remote organizations, Michael's intimately familiar with the challenges facing modern teams and leaders. Before Status Hero, Michael was at GitLab, the largest all-remote company in the world, where he learned best practices for working asynchronously with a global team.
As a former Rails contributor and author of popular open-source libraries like Stimulus, Turbo, and Trix, Javan has 15+ years of experience building software in remote contexts.
Adam’s unique experience working at both traditional tech orgs and remote pioneers like Basecamp — along with 12 years of experience working remotely — give him a deep understanding of the problems that new-to-remote-and-hybrid teams struggle with on a day-to-day basis, and a clear sense of how to solve them.