I was asked to feature in Coworkingpodden, Sweden’s new podcast about co-working by Martin Ericsson, to talk about digital nomads, the gig economy and location-independent work. Co-working has grown immensely in Sweden during the past years, and especially in Stockholm. As a freelancer I often find myself working from different co-working spaces around the city, meeting with people and attending talks and workshops.
Last week, I had the opportunity to take part in a breakfast talk together with Dr. Tom Leighton, the CEO and co-founder of Akamai, as well as some of the brightest minds within digital and the internet in Sweden today. The focus of the talk was on cyber security, online behavior, internet traffic and where the internet is headed next.
Working remotely is becoming all the more common, both for startups and established companies. As a freelancer, I’ve been working remotely for the past four years – supporting clients in Sweden, UK and the US with the help of digital tools. Svenska Nomader is also a location independent business – and we run the company entirely remotely, most of the time based in three different countries and time zones. Soon coming up to the two year mark since we founded the community, I thought to share some best practice tips for digital tools to use to support a remote team.
Last Friday, I was given the chance to hand out the Elisabeth Tegner scholarship to a femlare role model within the tech and gaming industry for the second year in a row. This year’s scholarship was given to the game developer Mehrnaz Amant Bari who’s made it a personal goal to inspire more women to code, and also to start working in the gaming industry.
During the spring, Leif and I have spent a lot of time talking to companies about what’s stopping them from reaching their maximum potential. Interestingly enough, 90 % of the people we’ve spoken with have answered the same thing: it’s difficult to build engagement and a common understanding internally around a company’s strategy.