Shiny Heart Digital Nomads in the Sunday News

Posted on August 4, 2009
Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo work near the pool at the Hilton Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D.C. They pay $15 a day for pool access. WASHINGTON POST / TONI L. SANDYS

Frank Gruber and Jen Consalvo work near the pool at the Hilton Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D.C. They pay $15 a day for pool access. WASHINGTON POST / TONI L. SANDYS

We’ve had some major excitement here at SHV recently. As you may have seen in one of the nine ten (and counting) major press outlets that featured our story, we (Jen & Frank) were recently profiled as part of Mike Rosenwald’s (@mikerosenwald) story on Digital Nomads. Now we know there are many, many people out there who have lived this way for years and we are somewhat new to the game. But that makes it even more exciting for us and in a way, makes us feel like we’ve found our tribe. We love discovering blog posts and tweets from people whose work lives reside outside of an office (whether they work for themselves or not) – and sharing info about how they get things done. We’ve received so much encouraging feedback – we’d just like to say thank you! Also, a few things…

1. Many of you are asking about what we’re going to launch and when. We should have one announcement in the next 2-3 weeks so make sure you sign up for our email updates (at the top of this page) or follow us on twitter so you are one of the first to know what’s going on.

2. No, we don’t spend a lot of money working from places like the Hilton pool. That was one place we had wanted to try out for a while, but will reserve for only special occasions since they charge extra for the wifi. Frank does actually go into the AOL office as much as he can when he’s in town (but most of his team is distributed across the country anyway) and Jen works from home (she calls it “the nest”) to save money. Both of us like to mix it up once in a while though and keep looking around for interesting new places – especially on the weekends and when on the road, since for us, work doesn’t really stop. To understand this “connected 24/7″ life, check out Peter Shankman’s post “Why don’t you do some work?“.

3. If you haven’t seen the article, here are some links… sorry, can’t resist! This is our first version of a “Press” page ;)

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3 Responses to “Shiny Heart Digital Nomads in the Sunday News”

  1. Deanna McNeil
    Aug 04, 2009

    I love that article “Why don’t you do some work?”. Just like in the image of you two at work, I find myself focused all the more on my work because the surroundings really are peaceful.


  2. Jen Consalvo
    Aug 04, 2009

    Good point, Deanna. Sometimes I really like to be in a quiet place to focus (like the nest) and other times I need to have people around to give me more energy. This summer I’ve really enjoyed working outside in the fresh air. I think it’s easy for people to underestimate how their surroundings affect them. In the past I remember going into my office day after day would sometimes just rob me of energy -it wasn’t the work, it was the environment.


  3. Technomada
    Aug 04, 2009

    Welcome to digital nomadism! There are indeed a lot of us out there doing this in various forms, and we love the tribe that is forming around it!

    We’re two technomads who have been living full time on the road for over 2 years now out of solar powered travel trailer. And we still feel new to the tribe :)

    – Cherie



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