Member Profile: Kevin Owyang

Kevin Owyang has been a fixture at Office Nomads for years now and we couldn’t be happier about it. We’re so pleased to introduce you to this delightful member of our coworking community here on Capitol Hill! Without further ado, meet Kevin:

What are you passionate about?

My dog Harley, adventure, and risk. I performed under Leonard Bernstein, ran a financial trading floor with $3 Billion in revenue, heli-snowboarded the Chugach range of Alaska, graduated from MIT, performed with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and was commissioned to create a documentary for a Smithsonian Affiliate.

That’s quite a spread of experiences! What brought you to Seattle?

I was coming out here for a client, an early stage manufacturing company that was eventually sold. They were making trucks more environmentally friendly. At the same time I was looking for a change – I wanted to move back into the city. One thing led to another and here I am!

What are you working on right now?

I’m directing some commercial videos for Amazon Webs Services (AWS). It’s cool because I get to help engineers break out of their mould and imagine the future of computing in ways that impact everyday people. It’s been great to see them receptive to the creative video storytelling process. I get to practice my art for a living.

How did you get into film?

About 3 or 4 years ago I wasn’t in video or film. But one day an Office Nomads member – Chris Hammersley – was making a film for SIFF. He sent out an email asking if people wanted to help and I thought it sounded like fun. And that’s how I got started in video and film! Basically, Office Nomads helped me find a new career I love, when I had no idea this is where my calling would lie.

What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

My faith. That’s not to say I’m a goody-goody or that I look down on others who don’t share my faith. But it’s faith the helps me know that should I fail, if I’m destined to fail, as long as I have a relationship with God, everything’s ok. And that’s freeing for me.


You can check out Kevin’s website to keep tabs on what he’s up to, or to contact him about a project. Big thanks as always to Marti Rhea for taking photos of our members to share with you all!

Member Profile: Dave Ross

A little over two years ago Dave Ross walked into Office Nomads and we knew we were in for a treat. Well, change that. We knew Tia was in for some treats. 🙂 Introducing Dave and his awesome canine colleague Tia:

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What are you working on right now?

I primarily work on Twistle, a product built to automate healthcare processes. Twistle is focused on solving communication problems and “gaps” in anyone’s healthcare journey. We built Twistle because too many patients have told us “they never followed up with me.”

Tell us a story from your time at Office Nomads:

I can’t believe this is the first thing that came to mind, but here we go: while boating in Lake Washington two years ago, my friends and I discovered human remains! As morbid/scary as it was, without Office Nomads I would have had no one to tell the next day at work! Having people to tell the story to was really helpful, actually.

What are you passionate about?

I’m most passionate about sharing great experiences with friends and family. This means traveling, exploring the outdoors, dancing, or just watching a movie together.

What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

This is a tough question, because I am an extraverted “over-sharer” about my past, present, and future. I would say while most people know me as a lover of slow-cooked meat dishes, they don’t know that I secretly wish I knew how to be a vegetarian.

Why did you come to Office Nomads?

I feel it is essential to have a workplace that allows you to focus and is physically separate from your home.

Why did you stay at Office Nomads?

I really enjoy the atmosphere, the people that work here, and the great location. I love being surrounded by a variety of people (especially not 100% tech), with the primary benefit being a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, stories, and personalities.

Who is this spirit animal that follows you around?

This is Tia, who my wife and I adopted from Eastern Washington. Tia is an incredible listener, loves to hike mountains, and high jumps large obstacles for fun. I couldn’t think of being at work without her.

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As always, thanks to the incredibly talented Marti Rhea for the awesome photos!

Favorite Things: Dogs

“Dogs!” – Erika

Meet the Nomads – Number Nine

Numbers 9 and 9.5

Numbers 9 and 9.5

Ryan Salva holds coveted spot number nine spot here Office Nomads. Good thing he likes The Beatles (I caught him singing under his breath today). He may be the ninth regular monthly member, but Ryan started as daily drop in long ago. In fact, I don’t really remember a time when he hasn’t been around.

Ryan is one of the partners in Capitol Media, a web design and development agency which provides technology to support a host of online marketing endeavors. He and his other partners started the company in 2003 when one of his freelance clients came over to work with Ryan as a project manager. Before long, another client offered to incubate the newly forming company which Ryan says was an offer he just couldn’t pass up.

When they started their company, Ryan that they thought the idea of a centralized office didn’t seem to make sense. Although they never wanted to have official offices for Capitol Media, he and his partner did want that communal feel one finds in offices. In an attempt to make this happen, they held a 15-minute conference call at the start and end of the day between them and two other people. The effort didn’t really work though and was soon killed off.

At the beginning, Ryan worked at home but says, “That drove me crazy because I was alone all the time.” He moved to coffee shops like Capitol Hill’s Online Coffee Company which he loved for the racket they provided. He then became a regular at daytime coffee shop/nighttime bar Liberty where the owner gave him a key so he could get in before opening time.

Although Ryan felt comfortable at Liberty, as a permanent space, it wasn’t a good idea. Standing next to dumpsters in the rain to take phone calls got old he says. But he couldn’t go home because of his need for that community feeling. Enter, Office Nomads.

Ryan started out coming in as a daily member and was often here three and four days a week. When he found himself bringing in collaborators, using the conference rooms and acting almost like a monthly member, he felt like it was time to get a monthly membership. It’s worked out. “Just phone calls and emails don’t give much of a sense of community,” he says.

Membership at Office Nomads has an extra benefit for Ryan: It allows him to bring his five-month old long-haired Chihuahua Cortez the Killer in to work most days, something his girlfriend can’t do at her office. “If he was left at home everyday, he’d be so pissed,” Ryan says. Cortez is as important a part of the office here as any of our other members. His antics keep us all entertained and often provide a welcome distraction. He is also an excellent playmate for Stella, our other office dog.

All in all, Ryan is happy to be working at Office Nomads thanks to some welcoming distraction from his coworkers. If left to himself, he says, he’d sit at his desk for 12 hours at a stretch. Between us and Cortez, that doesn’t happen so much anymore.

Stay tuned for our next installment of “Meet the Nomads.” Next up: I Eight the Member!

Seattle is Innovation

That’s right, it’s true. Seattle is one of the 12 most innovative cities in the world according to The reasons they give include $1 billion (!) in VC funds a year, Google’s new Fremont campus attracting a new group of tech startups to the city and the new Olympic Sculpture Park. Somehow they missed the fact that Seattle is also turning into a nexus for co-workers thanks to the efforts of Office Nomads, Start Pad and Giraffe Labs. Weird.

This video might not be related to innovation, but I thought it was worth sharing. Heck! It is innovative. in what corporate office could you see anything nearly as cool as this? This is what makes co-working the wave of the future.

Office Nomads Signs Number 10!

Big news this week folks! Office Nomads welcomed our tenth monthly member! As the kids say, “W00t!”

We’ve been planning to profile each of our monthly members for some time now, but you know how things can get put off? Right, well since signing up the 10th member is big enough news for posting, we decided to start doing it here and now. Why, we thought, should we start with the first one? He gets all the press.

So please welcome Henrik to the Office Nomads world. He’s a software product manager for Pace Systems Group and an all around cool guy. I think he’s going to fit right in. The first thing he did when he signed up was to choose his desk which ended up being right next to mine. While we were talking on his first day, it took less than five minutes for him to tell me how he’ll probably like hearing me be on the phone all the time because he’s been stuck at home and isolated for so long.

A true Office Nomad.

As you can see, Henrik comes complete with a dog. Her name is Stella and she’s a sweet as can be (she also gets along famously with Cortez the Killer). He’s got a wife who stopped by the other day to give her approval of the new space (she liked it). Right now, he’s trying

to get back into soccer-playing shape. (Ask him how his legs are feeling two days after his first game in a long time.)

Welcome Henrik (and Stella), to the Office Nomads fold!