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Hrishikesh started Remote Tools in 2018. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Remote Tools?
At Flexiple, our tech team is geographically distributed and it has worked well for us, as we have been able to find the best talent to work with us. However, it comes with a fair share of challenges. Each time we faced one, we sat down to search and evaluate tools that could help us.
This can be pretty mind-numbing – we couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a central directory of tools that had already been reviewed for remote teams to leverage!
So, we took it upon us and launched the first version of remote.tools – a repository of 100+ handpicked tools & resources in 20+ categories for distributed teams. The product was a great hit, and further also gave us great insight into additional features that could be extremely helpful to the remote community.
> Platforms like Product Hunt and HackerNews are a great source of traffic spikes for your product. You should definitely leverage them. However, it’s important to first contribute to the platform to be able to reap benefits from it.
We launched the second version of Remote Tools where remote-first makers could share & market their product(s) and interact with a very relevant audience. Over time, we kept making new additions like the podcasts, chronicles (described earlier) in line with our vision to have a central place to discuss and grow remote work.