I think this is the worst aspect of working 'future style'. Since you can work anywhere, there is no longer anyway to get away from work. Celebrating the holidays with the family - perfect time to get some work done!
Personally, I find this the best aspect of working future-style. Right now, I'm in the middle of a 6-week stay in Ecuador, visiting family, just like the OP. If I couldn't work remotely, I wouldn't be able to visit at all.
I work at Sococo (helped start it). Its an integrated voice/video/doc/presence/chat engine that really brings a group together - like working in the same office, almost. I recommend it (because I want us to succeed!) We also eat our own dog food - Sococo is distributed across 6 states and 3 time zones. And it works great!
I would love to work at such a company--preferably one with a flat organization structure--to get a glimpse of a possible future. But I'm not entirely sure how it would make sense financially for either party.
*Using the EUs definition of relative poverty at 60% of the country's median income.
Lean startup is not about: technical efficiency, a distributed workforce, or keeping your burn low.
"The Lean Startup relies on validated learning, scientific experimentation, and iterative product releases to shorten product development cycles, measure progress, and gain valuable customer feedback." (wikipedia)
I'd say that Automattic, the company that this poster works for, is pretty well-known and successful (makers of Wordpress, Gravatar, etc.).
Also, DuckDuckGo (where I'm an intern) is mostly distributed, though you might have to stretch your definition of well-known to include us. :)
 See around 1:30 in this video (I can't remember where I actually read about this): http://careers.mozilla.org/en-US/
 http://zachholman.com/posts/how-github-works-hours/ , http://zachholman.com/posts/how-github-works/
I did write about it previously, not as well though - http://arandomurl.com/2011/09/03/working-remotely.html