Member Profile: Tatyana Mishel

Tatyana Mishel

Member Since: February 2010

Type of Member: Part-Time 5 but has been known to be a Part-Time 15


Sadly, people don’t often associate the word “fun” with their jobs. We spend at least 40 hours a week working yet people don’t often jump up and excitedly tell you about how enjoyable their work is. Tatyana wants to change that.

Tatyana says that she has worked with all sorts of companies and found herself observing the people around her and wondering, “Why are people going to a job and not liking it? Why are they accepting that?”

She found that she loved working with people to help them express themselves. Following a contract position at Microsoft in which she tried to bring more fun into the workplace while coaching there, she entered a coach training program and became certified. Tatyana stepped back out into the workforce with her own business, Everyday Creative, and with the goal of helping people put their true creative selves into their jobs.

Well, actually, Tatyana does more than that. First and foremost, she is a writer and has been a writing coach. Now she is a coach for professionals who are stuck, in a rut, and burnt out. “I help them tap into their creative resources and become more engaged and start down the path to work they would love to do.” She knows that we are all creative beings, “we just have our own styles.” For her, the work she does is “about people loving their work and having fun with their work, on their own and with others.”

If you’ve had a conversation with Tatyana, it’s obvious that her line of work suits her. She lights up when talking about it and was more than excited to share her work at Office nomads in the form of a workshop entitled “The Fun Experiment”. To say the least, we are really excited to see how she can inspire us.

Besides spending her working hours inspiring people, Tatyana loves to get out and be active. She loves to swim and most mornings can be found with her Masters Swim group. Trail running is also a favorite activity which allows her “inner Pocahontas” to shine. With a 50K run on her resume, she adds to the ranks of super athletes in-house. At the same time, she shares the passion for travel that many have at Office Nomads. Past trips to Spain and Ireland left her with wonderful memories and have inspired her to travel more.

Next time you are in Office Nomads, you should make a point to seek out Tatyana for, at the very least, a little inspiration. Together we are all going to find some fun in our work with her on Tuesday, June 29th and you should definitely make a point to stop by.

Member Profile: Ron Theis


Ron Theis


Member Since: April 2008

Type of Member: Resident

Ron felt as if working from home was working for him although it also felt like it was pulling him in two directions. His work as Lead Game Designer for Ridiculous Software, Inc. had him focused on the creation of new applications

for Sidekick phones and IPhones. It had him at his computer designing and then writing code for different applications. At the same time he was always aware of his wife working as a stay-at-home mom with their one-year-old daughter, Addison, who was also in the house. His fingers would be typing but his mind was aware of laughter floating in from the other room and he wanted to be there to play. If she cried, he wanted to be there to comfort her. Working at home was not working at all.

Ron found Office Nomads and, with it, a place where he could work with less distraction. Before, he said, “…my one-year-old daughter

did not understand why Daddy could not play right now.” Now, he goes home in the evening and can focus on his family.

An additional perk to spending 9-5 at Office Nomads is that Ron has found a great mix of people who can be fantastic resources. He sits in a cluster with two other Nomads in a similar industry. Also, when he has questions about topics such as web development, there is usually somebody in the space who can help him. “These are committed people,” Ron explained. “They have everything together.” He finds that that helps him and makes him love this space even more.

His wife and daughter love Office Nomads, too. Addison loves to run around and play with Cortez, one of the resident pooches, when they come in to check on Ron. The whole family comes out to the open houses to catch up with the other Nomads and just have fun. As a whole, the Theis family loves Office Nomads which is fine by us because we love them, too!

Member Profile: Greg Wyckoff


Greg Wyckoff

Member Since: October 2009

Type of Member: Resident

Greg makes the longest trek every day to come to Office Nomads. He makes the journey from Edmonds to Seattle on the the Sounder train, followed by a ride through Seattle in the Metro Bus Tunnel. After about an hour of reading, thinking, working and a little exercise, he arrives at ON ready for the day. Greg sought out Office Nomads to transition from being a stay-at-home dad and part-time web developer to a being a full-time Software Requirements Analyst. It was very difficult to separate his personal time from his professional time, and he knew he needed to move the work elsewhere. Greg found Office Nomads and found somewhere he can “be productive without being part of the machine.” His fondness for the space and the collection of people here are what get him out the door in the morning to start the commute.

Greg lights up when you ask him about Office Nomads. “Office Nomads provides the ‘missing pieces’ for independent professionals. The perceived opportunity of working independently motivates many to break out of the traditional 9-5 office job. There are many benefits to working “on your own,” but it seems that the impact of the energy that comes from interacting with other interesting, lateral thinking, motivated individuals is often overlooked or underestimated. Office Nomads is a unique space that provides an inspiring blend of independence and interaction.”

When he does finally make it to Office Nomads, he settles in and gets down to business. With more than 10 years of IT experience, Greg recently started working as an independent consultant for organizations looking to improve their operations through the use of software. He systematically analyzes business objectives and maps processes, looking for opportunities to apply software to increase efficiency and capacity. Greg offers recommendations for software solutions and also manages the execution of projects.

Greg’s path to his current job is a unique, starting with working on his family’s farm in the Yakima Valley. He says he has always been geek at heart. Working on the farm, was involved with several data collection projects: Yield projections, pest monitoring pesticide application tracking, horticultural activity tracking, etc. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Geology at Whitman College, he spent some time in Germany working for a hop grower/processor where his inner geek and farming roots really melded together. Listening to his story of his time in Germany and work history, it’s interesting how those summers working on the family farm really were the foundation for the work he does today.

Outside of Office Nomads, Greg makes sure to spend quality time with his wife and two kids. Weekends often include trips to the pumpkin patch, adventures to the zoo or maybe a father-daughter outing to the climbing gym. It’s fun talking with Greg because there is more than meets the eye: He always seems to have an interest or story you wouldn’t expect. To say the least, he’s a great addition to Office Nomads.

Member Profile: Trevor Smith


Trevor Smith

Member Since: April 2009

Type of Member: Resident

Trevor’s work is about helping creative individuals realize their visions.  “In general, I help people who have ideas about doing something interesting with technology.”  Sometimes that means working with an artist or with a biologist.  They all find Trevor to help them manage software development, helping find material for fabrication, etc.  “These people always have 4000 more ideas that they can’t do and that is where I fit in.”

One such project is to do the software infrastructure for a robot that will be installed in the San José Airport.  The robot will be able to react to the people, lights, the flights landing and many other factors surrounding it.  He is also building software for an installation that will be pillars covered in LEDs and his software will make the patterns in the lights.  Trevor has been a part of a diverse range of projects and his website does a great job a cataloguing them, from the robot to the websites.

Trevor is a one-man operation based in Office Nomads. Here he pours his creative energy into his projects without the distractions he found while working from home. “Raw productivity almost doubled when I came here.”  He sticks around until his daughter’s school, which is only down the street, let’s out and then they grab the bus to the door of his house.  At home he finds that he doesn’t have his own art because, he says,” All my creativity goes into helping other people solve their problems.”  He does, though, have the time to train for a half marathon he will be doing in January.  Trevor’s sister has challenged him to the Key West half marathon and, turns out, Trevor is willing to get competitive if it’s an excuse to go to Key West in January.   The Nomads will be rooting for him.

Member Profile: Susan Evans


Susan Cope Evans


Member Since: The Start of Time

Type of Member: She wears the pants.

Tacked up to the wall by the phone booth, there are two large pieces of paper covered pen and pencils scribbles. Together the smattering of sentences and half thoughts are the foundations of Office Nomads. The headings are “Who We Are”, “What We Do”, and “What We Stand For”. Susan and Jacob put that together over two years ago and, following our 2nd Birthday Party, it’s still there and ringing true.

Susan spends her days at Office Nomads encouraging the space to grow into what she and Jacob had hoped it could become. Sitting there, she enjoys watching how ideas tossed out by members then get feedback from others, including diverse points of view from an urban planner, a couple of web designers, a publisher and others. “The way we view things is very different, unique. I don’t think I knew how powerful that could be or how rewarding.”

She set out to create a “platform on which a coworking community could grow” and can’t believe how well it has taken off, especially in the personal relationships people have grown. “I hoped we would all get along and members would like each other. I didn’t expect them to go to each other’s weddings and help each other move. “

“It just knocks me over sometimes,” Susan admits. “Holy crap! It’s buzzing way more than it used to. [The atmosphere] has gotten warmer.” From here she has her sights set on encouraging other coworking spaces in Seattle. She wants to help them get off the ground and be a support system for whomever is creating a new collaborative space, be it offices, kitchens, workshops, etc. “I want to see more of these spaces around the city. They are vital to urban sustainability, as far as I’m concerned.”

Member Profile: Chris Haddad


Chris Haddad


Member Since: December 2007

Type of Member: Resident

Chris Haddad –aka Number 1 — is Office Nomads’ first resident member. Back when Jacob and Susan first opened the office, it was only a matter of days before Chris signed the paperwork and was setting up his unique adjustable-height desk that allowed him to stand while working. He’s been running his direct-response copy writing business, Moneyfingers, Inc. (“Yes, it’s a funny name. But I love it.”) from various spots around the office ever since. He’s also taken on the task of firing Charlie daily; even though he never hired Charlie in the first place, it’s a task he excels at.

Chris first came to work at Office Nomads because like many of us, he grew tired of never *not* being at work. “I’d been working from home for about 4 years and was going nutso futso,” he says. “The walls closed in. I didn’t shave for weeks. I stopped wearing pants.” If you know Chris, this was not a good scene.

We were definitely interested to hear what Chris’ favorite seat in the office might be, since he’s moved his desk around more than any other member. He’s gone from the main room to “The Alley” and finally into “The Green Room” in search of a spot where he can spread out to his heart’s content without driving Susan mad. He seems to love it back there. Never satisfied to be in one place for too long though, Chris has been getting a lot of his work done on the leather couch of late, which he has taken to referring to as “the couch of productivity.”

Member Profile: Paul Pham


Paul Pham


Member Since: June 2009

Type of Member: Resident

Paul Pham is an inventor. How cool is that? He might just say that he is an electronics designer but then he will explain his job and it’s clear that he is an inventor, like we all dreamed we wanted to be at some point. Paul designs electronics for scientific instrumentation, like physics experimentation. This is something that grew out of his graduate school work and has

taken off to be his full-time job. At his desk in the Green Room here at Office Nomads he adjusts his designs per requests of clients from as far off as Germany.

Paul is a huge fan of shared spaces like Office Nomads. He had been working in his apartment and in coffee shops but he found that isolating and discouraging. Now he has his hand in two shared spaces, here at Office Nomads and at a workshop space in SoDo. In the workshop is where he solders together his pulse programmers. We get him most of the time, luckily, when he has put down the soldering gun and is tapping at his keyboard. “I left Amazon to work here full time. It has helped me focus on this project, which I’ve been working on for a while. I thought I should get serious about it and now it can be my main focus and this space lets me concentrate on it.”

Paul is a constant and positive presence in the space. Whenever there’s a Brown Bag Lunch or any events with the Nomads gathering, he is sure to be found. He wows us with his brightly colored hair and willingness to help out. If he’s not at his desk, he can be found mingling around. “I enjoy going around and seeing what other people are working on. We’ll have game nights sometimes. Last week three of us went out and saw a movie during the day. If you can’t watch a movie in the middle of the day, why be your own boss?” Excellent question.

Entrepreneur Magazine piece features coworking

solo-not-aloneOffice Nomads is incredibly proud to be part of a wonderful piece on coworking in October’s Entrepreneur Magazine! Along with coworking representatives from The Hive (Denver), New Work City (New York City), and Cubes and Crayons (San Francisco area), Office Nomads was highlighted as part of a rising trend of innovative, collaborative workspaces. Here’s a snippit:

The appeal of co-working seems clear: It provides people like Brunelle a professional and social package that most alternatives can’t match. For starters, there’s the real-live-human camaraderie you can’t get from Facebook or text messaging, as well as the potential for networking and uncovering new business opportunities. A co-working office can also offer a sounding board for ideas in an informal setting. And it relieves, for the most part, the energy-sapping world of office politics–not to mention blood-draining commutes.

Pretty awesome! And yes, they’re talking about Resident member David Brunelle, also in the photo above. Definitely take a look if you get a chance, and be sure to pick up a copy of Entrepreneur Magazine when you get a chance – this month is ch0ck-full of great articles.

So you want to start a business?

So you want to start a business but don’t know where to, um, start? Trust me, many of us at Office Nomads have been there before. Heck, even Jacob and Susan who run the place still ask for advice and help from all sorts of people (like their own personal blogger, ahem!). Working in close proximity with a bunch of other folks who are at various stages of building their own businesses is a great reason to spend time at Office Nomads, but sometimes you need a little bit more direction than a casual chat with the person at the next desk. Thankfully Marcello at Seattle 2.0 put together The Ultimate Guide for the New Entrepreneur in Seattle, an excellent resource for anyone trying to create a business using just their wits and a great idea in the Emerald City.

Along with listing a number of great places to get work done, Marcello also identifies must-read books, some lawyers to talk to (while also explaining why you SHOULD talk to a lawyer), where to network and who to meet. It’s a great read and should be a part of any Seattle entrepreneur’s research.