Using Dropbox and its sharing functions, I’m able to connect with all my clients and staff in a meaningful way that will allow us to work on large files together without having to email back and forth or run back and forth between offices with a flash drive or, IMAGINE, burn a CD.
Why does all this matter to me? I’ll tell you a story. My best friend is a genius, at some things. He’s a fantastic worker and for years he and I have discussed ventures that we think would be ideal for the two of us to work on together. Everything was coming up Millhouse. And then he met a beautiful, intelligent and successful young woman and followed her to Ottawa where they set up shop. It was a sad day for me for 3 reasons. First, it’s my best friend. And now he lives in Ottawa. Second, I also love his wife. She is an inspiration in a number of areas. And now she lives in Ottawa. Finally, given each of our lives in our respective cities, the idea of working together disappeared.
Or did it? Apps like Collaborate, DropBox, Wunderlist and Evernote have allowed us to work together on a number of projects. The days of location being an obstacle are, depending on your field, gone.
1500km is now in the same room.
But to be clear, when I build my dream office, it’s going to look just like this.