Destroy Your Cubicle: Make the World Your Office
“The place we choose to live affects every aspect of our being. It can determine the income we earn, the people we meet, the friends we make, the partners we choose, and the options available to our children”.
Given the technological advancements and Internet ubiquity around the world, there's no more reason for anyone to stay attached to a specific location all their life.
More and more people decide to embrace a global way of living: no attachment to a specific city, apartment, job, daily routine, etc. Following the lead of people like Tim Ferris, Chris Guillebeau, or Sean Ogle, how do you make it work or, more importantly, can you?
We put together a panel to give everyone insights into what it would mean to detach from a single location-centric life - from people who have done it, are doing it, and entrepreneurs that are building tools that enable this lifestyle.
Erica Swallow is a marketing consultant and well-published journalist, covering the worlds of tech, travel, and wine. Erica’s work has been published in a variety of publications, including Mashable, CNN, Forbes, Entrepreneur, USA Today, and Business Insider.
Erica is also an international speaker, having most recently spoken at WOMMA Summit in Las Vegas, Social Marketers Summit in Prague, Social Media Brasil in São Paulo, and SXSW in Austin.
Previously, Erica was the director of community for tech startup Contently, where she managed online and offline community building. She also previously managed the highly successful supported content program for tech news site Mashable and helped develop and implement the social media marketing strategy for The New York Times.
Starting fall 2013, Erica will be pursuing an MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Marketing.
I'm the co-founder and COO of Placemeter, a platform at the crossroads of Big Data and Internet of Things that senses and unlocks massive amounts of data about activity in physical places.
By sharing this data with their customers, businesses offer a radically new customer experience and bring people back into their stores and locations. We believe that this transparency with consumers strengthen their link with brands. Businesses also leverage the data to optimize and monitor performance of their physical locations.
Placemeter has a working beta product and an installed base of customers along with funding from prominent angels. Placemeter is also part of First Growth Venture Network (Ed Zimmerman accelerator) and Techstars NY finalist (waiting on final decision).
Previously to Placemeter, I was the founder a CasaHop, a travel venture-backed startup and the founding employee of Gilt City (part of Gilt Groupe). Even before that, I started my life in magazines (ELLE, Car and Driver etc.).
Explorer. Adventurer. 30 Countries. 5 Continents. Formerly founded Dinevore. Ex-Morgan Stanley investment banker and management consultant. BA in Philosophy.
Sean Ogle is an expert at helping people turn their passions and skill-sets into sustainable businesses that can be run from anywhere on Earth. As the founder of Location 180 he uses the power of his blog to get the message out on the benefits of lifestyle entrepreneurship. He has been featured in Yahoo!, Forbes, and the book The Art of Non-Conformity. When he’s not working from the beaches of Bali or the coffeeshops of Portland he can be found talking his way into high-class establishments where he probably doesn’t belong.