Business & Economy
June 14th, 2011
By Humid Haney
Years ago I read a Fast Company article that described independent business owners and consultants who were part of a loosely affiliated group that enjoyed each others company as they each ran their operations from Hawaii. Have a drink, surf the waves and talk business. This was years before the federally funded levee failures jump started our local economy. I might have read this in 2003.
With the access to WiFi, High Speed internet and digital tools you can be down the hall or 5000 miles away from your clients, partners or staff. The only indicator for geographic separation is lack of access for a lunch date. The argument in the article was now that you can work from anywhere with anyone, why not work in paradise? A place like Honolulu?
I of course read the article and thought about New Orleans the entire time. Why not crank up the wifi and work out of New Orleans? In the information sector it only matters how you assemble the 1s and 0s and that you get them to your clients and partners the same as you would living next door. You can work anywhere with anyone at any time. So why not within walking distance of amazing food, neighborhoods and surrounded by some of the best people on earth?
And now this . . .
New Orleans and Honolulu, Hawaii ranked in the top of economies revived by the Information sector:http://blogs.forbes.com/joelkotkin/2011/05/16/is-the-information-industry-reviving-economies/
I am at Mojo Coffee Shop writing this and working on projects this morning for companies in Paris and Boston. The iced coffee is fantastic. Maybe I will get a late breakfast at Surrey’s.