This whole Office Nomad thing has been a surprising ride. When I figured out how the whole thing would work, I was preparing to do some months from my home office. Little did I know.
There has been so many companies wanting to have me as an Office Nomad! Thank you everyone for your interest.
After some painful pondering, I decided to go with the first company that approached me seriously.
And that company is Frantic, a full service digital agency in Helsinki. That’s where I will be spending the month of May, after I leave the offices of Codento.
I am very excited about this opportunity. I have actually been a customer of Frantic few years back, I don’t know if they remember me from that.
There will be more data on Frantic in May. In the meantime, I’m collecting stuff on Codento, photos and videos on their way!
Help wanted: Currently, I have many candidates for June and the following months. I would appreciate any comments on how to make a selection between all these? We are talking startups, marketing agencies, public organisations, associations, technology companies… I don’t want to start charging for this, since it’s not the idea. The idea is to exchange experiences and learn new things.
I’m starting find usable applications for streaming video from my mobile phone. Different services and technologies have been around for a while, but I just didn’t know what’s the whole point in using them.
Here’s one example – sharing ad hoc content easily.
This morning I was taking a tram to my Office Nomad site at Codento, when I bumbed into Jozsef Pap from RunToShop. I realized that I could actually take advantage of the moment and start sharing our ad hoc discussion with other people as well.
Here’s the very first and very short Tramterview. It’s in Finnish but next time we’ll do English.
This is done with my great Nokia E71, running Qik video streaming service over 384k (!) 3G connection from a moving tram. No editing whatsoever.
Since there has been same changes in how I will use my time in the future, I’ve also started to think where I will do it.
I’ve had a chance to ponder upon what is important to me with regards to daily environment. I realized that I need an office where I go every morning, and I need some people around me during the breaks. Also, change of environment is healthy once in a while.
I decided to be creative with myself.
Soon I had an idea about how cool and refreshing it would be to spend some time in one place and then move to a new place with new people.
Would some people want to work in same space with me? Maybe even provide me a place in their office? For exchage, I could offer them my expertise, networks and use of my coffee freakyness.
I decided to try this out. Talking to some people, I got mostly positive feedback. I tweaked my original idea a bit, making it even more appealing.
And now it’s true! Officially, since first of April 2009, I have been the Office Nomad!
I’m writing this article from Codento Ltd. office in Ruoholahti, Helsinki. They are my host company for April. I’ll share some more info about them and the company at later stage.
If you want to read more about how Office Nomad – Toimistonomadi works, please go to this page.