When networking with startups long distance, the go-to tool seems to be Skype.
What are the usual expectations people have when using skype? Do most people expect to use video chat? Is there any additional etiquette to be mindful of?
I prefer to chat without video since I find it distracting and harder to focus. I usually explain this at the beginning of the call but wondered if that's not even necessary.
Thanks in advance!
Here's how we do it:
I think (hope) that's the case with other companies as well. Video is indeed a distraction at most times.
An exception is a weekly Google Hangout we do sometimes with the entire team. When everyone works remotely on their own, this really helps create a sense of belonging.
Can't stress this enough: schedule an exact time *before* video calling someone.
Text based Skype chat:
Video based Skype chat: