Working on a Mozilla offices space (take 3!)

Sunah Suh ssuh at mozilla.com
Tue Mar 7 23:09:28 UTC 2017


I currently have a coworking desk that's walking distance to my house, but
depending on where the office space is I'd consider switching over.
Alternately, my desk is cheap so I have $150 left in my budget to
contribute regardless of whether I totally switch over or not.

Cheers,
Sunah

On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 10:50 AM, Robert Bryan Friedman <
robert at mozillafoundation.org> wrote:

> Howdy y'all,
>
> FWIW I'm not gonna use the office because it'd be an unreasonable commute
> from Austin, TX (love that I'm still on this list tho) but I'm psyched this
> is coming together.
>
> I cannot overstate the value and service to the mission that even
> occasional connections w/ MoCo folks (like Friday co-working) offers your
> MoFo colleagues!
>
> Do it for the community (think about the children!), but also, do it for
> yourselves because you know it goes both ways!
>
> Cheers,
> Robert
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Mar 7, 2017, at 10:36 AM, Jon Petto <jpetto at mozilla.com> wrote:
>
> See, I didn’t even know I had a yearly budget. :)
>
> My internet does not cost $3k/year. I should have funds to contribute.
>
> On Mar 7, 2017, at 10:21 AM, Lars Bergstrom <larsberg at mozilla.com> wrote:
>
> In 2017? :-)
>
> It's either $3k / year in expenses (chair, desk, internet, etc.) or
> $350/month. And Rob explicitly said that if you're already set up from
> prior years and not expensing ongoing things, you'd be eligible.
>
> That said, I'd never expect anybody to ditch out on the comp'd internet
> for an occasional meetup space! I just don't get any benefit from the
> stipend because it's included in my building assessments, so I don't have
> any way to easily expense it back to Mozilla.
> - Lars
>
>
> On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 10:18 AM, Jon Petto <jpetto at mozilla.com> wrote:
>
>> I’m in the same boat as Kumar and Ryan. I’d love to meet up once per
>> week/on Fridays, but already used my remotie dollars for a desk and chair.
>>
>> On Mar 7, 2017, at 10:07 AM, Lars Bergstrom <larsberg at mozilla.com> wrote:
>>
>> 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
>> workweeks.
>>
>> 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 gmail.com>
>> 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 mozilla.com>
>>> 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 mozilla.com>
>>>> 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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