My name is Mike LaRosa. Since 2013 I’ve been obsessed with coworking and remote work. Starting today, I’m the “new guy” at BoardingArea!
Back in 2012, I successfully escaped corporate America (quit my job) and began my own consulting business. A year and a half later, it felt like I was always the road, working for clients such as Google, Smithsonian Enterprises and LivingSocial. With a distributed team and constant travel, I struggled to work out of noisy cafes or hotel lobbies in search for space to be productive.
Until I discovered coworking.
Far more than just workspace, power outlets and WiFi, coworking provides a sense of community, productivity and better work/life balance. Since 2013, I’ve researched and studied an array of shared workspaces, visiting over 500 locations in 31 countries. Today I’m living a dream: consulting on coworking for companies such as Wyndham, Marriott, JLL, The Second City and the governments of Barbados and Mexico.
BoardingArea was developed by the same people who founded some of the most popular business travel and frequent flyer websites on the Internet including InsideFlyer, FlyerTalk, SeatExpert, and other pioneer travel websites.
BoardingArea’s goal is to provide frequent travelers with the information needed to make the most of their travel.
Home to some of the best travel blogs, podcasts and knowledge in the world, BoardingArea is far more than a publishing platform. It’s a community of people from all walks of life who collaborate with each other on a common interest: travel.
Speaking of community and collaboration, those just so happen to be two of the Five Core Values of Coworking. That’s why today, in the spirit of those Core Values, I’m thrilled to introduce two communities that have played such a role in my life!
Coworking has provided me with blessings and opportunity far beyond anything I could ever give back or pay forward.
One of the things I cherish the most is the blessing of friendship. Im so grateful to have people I can call friends, colleagues and partners whom I get to work, play, celebrate and collaborate with. That wouldn’t have been possible had it not been for another community: BoardingArea.
I met Ed Pizza, blogger at Pizza in Motion (here on BoardingArea) and at The Points Guy, where else?! BUT AT A COWORKING SPACE. I had an inkling we’d be fast friends about 5 minutes from first introduction:
I’d been traveling almost 100% of the time since the Fall of 2015. I was dancing a fine line of digital nomad and road warrior and was clueless about travel loyalty, points and miles. A few conversations with Ed (who for over a decade had been traveling 100+ nights a year) and I was hooked.
Flight sales, awesome events and tools to grow personally or professionally
Remote friendly destinations and trips
Thanks to all our friends and fans who have been cheering us on since we started in 2015. Thanks also to everyone on the House of Miles team for overseeing site migration, admin setup, etc. Thanks to fellow BoardingArea bloggers who have shown me such a warm welcome. To Ed Pizza for his guidance as we pivoted the site early last year. To my parents for their never ending support and always believing in this journey of mine. And finally, to BoardingArea founder Randy Peterson for this opportunity.
If you’d like to work with us, we always welcome contributions. Got something to share or an idea for us? Drop us a line!
Thats all for now – here’s to an amazing 2019 and beyond!
Stay Calm & Cowork On,
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