Late last year I was sitting at the barber shop, getting a haircut. The barber felt obliged to ask me what I do for a living. I tried to explain to him, in a non-technical way, how I “designed websites”, and managed the business with my 2 business partners in Norway and Cape Town… who I’d only met face-to-face a handful of times.
Of course the conversation went dead then as he was obviously a little confused by this internet thing I did. I quietly kept thinking about our rather unique business, and how completely mobile we actually are. Why don’t we really take advantage of the perks of mobile officing?
It was cold and wet outside, typical London weather. I thought where would I ideally be right there and then? Surprisingly I thought I’d like to be somewhere even colder… The Alps. Skiing.
I went back home and wrote a quick email to Magnus and Adii saying something along the lines of “let’s take advantage of our internet-based business and take it somewhere completely different for a week or two. Let’s try and take the core team with us and have a good team build, brainstorm over our plans for the rest of the year, and watch each other wipe out on icy slopes. All the while documenting the journey for our users, and site visitors, to find out about the other side of our team.”
Naturally they didn’t take much persuading.
4 and a bit months later, after much research, we’ve booked a trip for the 6 of us to the Saalbach resort in the Austrian Alps. We leave tomorrow night.
Yup, it’s short notice. But we are internet based business. We’ll still be contactable over all the channels we usually are. We’ll be answering email, designing themes, supporting themes and working on marketing strategies. All the while having some fun.
We’ve built a site dedicated to the adventure, and it’s built on our latest micro-blogging Tumblog themes. Meaning you can expect lots of bite-sized posts, photos and videos, plus some exciting new Tumblog functionality that we’ll be announced during the week away.
Time to pack.