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As a counterpoint, I'm pretty senior and I've been pretty successful working remotely ... but then I've never been able to rely on charisma anyway. Having some senior people remote works, fully distributed works, but I do have a hard time seeing how things could work if there are a lot of less senior people in the office without a "critical mass" of seniors to guide them. This is very similar to what happens when people try to outsource development and find that the people they're outsourcing to just don't "get it" enough to make good progress without constant and detailed oversight.

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