Digital Nomads Working Remote and Connected
Here in the Great White North there is a vibrant community of remote workers and digital nomads.
When Lee Brown, cofounder of Geeks in the Woods, first moved to the Valdez property in early 2016, he spent the next two years coding software from an Arctic Oven tent. He found the setting to offer space and solitude to focus, and increased motivation knowing that adventure awaited just outside the door. Since those initial years, Lee has systematically improved the methods of living and working remotely from tents. The strong sense of community and connection to nature was the inspiration to launch this startup studio for software startups. The Brown brothers welcome software engineering teams to stay and work at their Geeks in Valdez property any time of the year - snow or shine!
Remote and Connected in Alaska
Here in the Great White North there is a vibrant community of remote workers and telecommuters. Alaska has had high availability of gigabit internet in its three largest cities for a while now, and rural communities are quickly catching up. Increased internet speeds (both upload and download) enable remote workers to collaborate with teams outside of Alaska by providing seamless experiences with integral tools like video conferencing. Working remotely can provide increased focus while minimizing (and in some cases eliminating) lengthy commutes to and from an office. Our neighbor to the south, Washington State, maintained its prominent ninth-place position this year with an average commute time of 27.9 minutes. Evergreen State's metro areas in the Puget Sound account for the high average. Read how commute times rose in Seattle and across the US.
In the lower 48 states, workers are traveling ever longer to attain the job or home life they want, but the daily stress may outweigh the gains. Scientific American describes how Commuting Takes Its Toll. Many workers who commit to a longer commute probably underestimate the human costs. For many reasons, commuting just sucks the life out of you. Slate’s Annie Lowrey so aptly described the daily trudge to work: "If you are commuting, you are not spending quality time with your loved ones. You are not exercising, doing challenging work, having sex, petting your dog, or playing with your kids (or your Wii). You are not doing any of the things that make human beings happy."
In Alaska, there are greater opportunities to live and work remote and connected with little to no commutes. This is believed to directly correlate with an increased quality of life.
Why Software Startups in Alaska?
- Building software can happen anywhere with Internet.
- Alaska does have good Internet for tech workers.
- Growing trend of working remote and connected.
- No personal taxes for tech workers.
- Limited business taxes for startups!
- Higher quality of life for employees.
- Strong sense of community and connection to nature.