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Digital nomads do Split – Hacker Paradise

Michael Freer

Michael Freer


Fancy changing your desk more regularly? No, I don’t mean within your office, to escape that annoying colleague, but moving cities, countries and continents, escaping winter, or crowds, or perhaps that same annoying colleague! 

That’s what Spencer Jentzsch does, CEO of Hacker Paradise, a digital nomad tour agency if you like, who offer anyone who can work remotely the chance to visit the hottest destinations, while organising their living space, working space and all the ‘tourist’ bits in between such as tours and trips.

In this video, Spencer shares with us exactly what their ‘Hackers’ can sign up for, and why they chose to live, work and visit Split for 6 weeks this year. One reason seems to be ‘ajvar’ (if you don’t know what this is then you’re missing out), as well as the summer vibe that spills over to September and October, and finally the easy way of life that the city and people offer.

Having visited as a tourist himself a few years back, the Adriatic Coast simply wooed him, and he brought a group of 30 individuals, from freelancers to designers, and developers to writers, to be wooed themselves. They’ve only been here a week, but he’s seen the numbers getting to work early dwindle, as walks in the park and swims in the sea have slowly crept in. Surprisingly, all of the nomads still comment that their productivity hasn’t dropped.

Hacker Paradise is unique in what it offers, however there are a number of other digital nomad tour agencies out there. Split is actually home to WIP Coworking, which is owned by Remote Year, another such agency. Then we’ve also had visits from WiFi Tribe, Remote Connections and Nomad House.

The rise of these companies over the past 5 years demonstrates the shift our work lives and conditions are currently taking. It also shows us how many organisations are looking to reduce their core costs and rigidity where possible, offering flexible working hours and locations when possible. No more office overheads, issues with growth or scaling, your employees simply work from home or you cover the cost of a coworking space, and then all meetings can be done via Skype with the odd team trip to Las Vegas or Bucharest.

If you’re interested in doing the same, the nomads’ advice is simple. Either freelance and pick up work as you go along, using local contacts or the large number of websites available today. Or, for the more daring, make yourself an indispensable part within an organisation. Once you’ve reached this level, slowly demonstrate your ability to do the same job from home, then from the next city, and finally from a coworking space in Split!


About author:

Michael Freer

Michael moved to Split at the end of 2015, and after a year and a half of living here, he decided to open his own start-up Ensoco. Ensoco supports social entrepreneurs with starting their own businesses, and with this in mind he saw the perfect fit to volunteer at Startup.hr.

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