[Interview] Mark Gilbreath, Founder at LiquidSpace

Every week, we share the story of an inspiring Remote Worker and Remotive reader, here is Mark Gilbreath’s story:

1.- Can you please tell us a bit more about: Who are you, and what do you do? 🙂

I’m the Founder and CEO of LiquidSpace. We’re the world’s largest marketplace connecting people with on-demand workspace in over 600 cities.

My work life is massively mobile – I was on the road more than 30 weeks last year. Checking in with our team, our customers and partners, as well as the steady stream of conferences and speaking engagements keeps me busy hopscotching the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe. 

2.- Why do you work remotely, and how does it feel?

From day 1 of building our team, we prioritized great people over place. It started with a strongly held conviction that people should be given the freedom to choose how and where they work. Over the past several years that’s lead to us crafting a high-performance team spanning three continents and 5 time zones. For me personally, it’s simply liberating. I’ve chosen to blend my home base between an electric city (San Francisco) and a serene mountain town in Idaho with three stoplights (Sun Valley). 

3.- What software do you use?

With a distributed team, as you might expect, we are huge users of simple collaboration and video tools. Zoom.us is our current go-to for efficient communications and I use it daily to pull up a chair with colleagues for informal 1:1’s and to attend all-hands standups. We also use Trello, Slack, Skype and Google Docs obsessively.

When work takes me beyond my hubs in San Francisco and Sun Valley, my “office” is literally in my pocket. Logging tasks in Trello, getting from A to B with Uber, grabbing the last minute hotel with Now, office with LiquidSpace, lunch from Postmates – all dead simple mobile applications that live naturally on my phone.  It’s pretty shocking to contrast this workday with the cube existence of my former life.

4.- What would be your dream setup?

Well damn, I don’t want to jinx it but I think I’m living it now.

Thanks Mark! You can find Mark on Twitter over here 🙂

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