Working on a Mozilla offices space (take 3!)

Lars Bergstrom larsberg at
Tue Mar 7 16:07:59 UTC 2017

FWIW, I also would probably only use the space once a week. I just don't
use any of the remote / home work stipend anyway, so personally it's worth
the paperwork to get a nicer spot for our Friday gatherings and to host

Also, from talking with Rob, in similar situations he's still been able to
negotiate a "guest membership" for the folks who aren't actively paying so
that you can still expense the occasional day pass or workweeks. Separate
from the $350/month, he seems supportive of being able to host workweeks in
other locations, particularly ones like Chicago that have a nice mix of
travel accessibility and MUCH cheaper hotels & flights than SF/Paris/London.
- Lars

On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 9:20 AM, J. Ryan Stinnett <jryans at> wrote:

> I think my situation is similar to Kumar's: I don't think I'd commute to
> an office enough to make it worth it, but I'm happy to join the next Friday
> meetup.
> - Ryan
> On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 10:54 PM, Kumar McMillan <kmcmillan at>
> wrote:
>> Interesting. I thought about it for a minute. I don't know if I would
>> realistically commute to an office more than once a week. Thus, retaining
>> my home office expense is probably more optimal for me.
>> Regardless, count me in for another Friday meetup sometime! I would
>> prefer to do something more like co-working instead of a happy hour --
>> co-working, as in a longer window of time that people can drop in and out
>> of, do work, and say hi.
>> On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 3:59 PM, Lars Bergstrom <larsberg at>
>> wrote:
>>> I have been working with WPR and Sam and Ann Marie from MoFo to revive
>>> the Chicago office space conversation.
>>> The short version of the situation is: if you are a remote MoCo employee
>>> and are NOT currently expensing your home setup (chair, desk, internet,
>>> paper, etc.), then you have the option of "contributing" your $350/month
>>> coworking space budget towards an improved Chicago office location. Billing
>>> details tbd (but hopefully consolidated and not actually N individual bills
>>> & expenses).
>>> Please reply (privately to myself / Sam / Ann Marie or to this thread,
>>> if you prefer) if you are interested in using your budget towards this and
>>> would therefore like to be involved in the space selection.
>>> The longer version is that WPR is still not "creating" new offices and
>>> is sticking with their policy of asking remote employees to get their own
>>> space. They (rightly) have observed that people from scattered teams
>>> basically leave offices like Boston empty and just get together on Friday
>>> for a griping / hacking session.
>>> Since MoFo has a colocated Hive team and need for a dedicated space, I
>>> was hoping that we could add on some MoCo budget to get some floating desk
>>> space, day passes, a space to hold meetups, and conference rooms that we
>>> could reserve for small to medium workweeks (say, < 12 people for a week).
>>> If it's big enough, I'll even put an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive roomscale VR
>>> setup in the space for people to use / demo when I'm not working on it.
>>> Regardless, once the weather sorts out whatever in the world it's doing,
>>> I'll start bugging people again for monthly Friday meetups at a coffee shop
>>> or similar :-)
>>> Thanks and hope you're all doing well!
>>> - Lars
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