Our mission is to make it mainstream to be a good person at work.

Our Story

Our founding team bonded over terrible experiences with remote work. A terrible manager. A failed startup. A summer of burnout.

We knew work could be better, healthier, and happier. So we turned to experts  to learn what makes remote work hard. We've interviewed 800+ leaders since January 2020.

Their pain was loud and clear. Remote teams are built on trust. But it’s difficult to build relationships and understand how everyone feels without meeting face-to-face.

We built Kona to help remote workers fight burnout and build connections without changing how they work. We empower leaders to support their teams where they need it most.

To us, empathy and wellbeing at work aren't just an add-on. They're a must-have

Today, Kona is trusted by hundreds of people-first remote teams around the globe.

Launched in October


at UCLA (Go Bruins!)

Kona supports


remote workers



daily check-ins



remote leaders

Meet our co-founders

Our founding team came together because we’d all been burned by poor leadership. We're here to make the Future of Work happier.

A picture of our three co-founders: Corine, Sid, and Andrew

Andrew Zhou, Co-Founder (left). Sid Pandiya, Co-Founder/CEO (middle). Yen Tan, Co-Founder (right).

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Join us.

At Kona, our employees are living our mission by working remotely from anywhere, anytime. We’re a diverse team working asynchronously across several time zones and hire based on talent, not location. We're always looking for our next teammate, so check out our open roles!

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Empathy is a habit.