lunedì, aprile 16, 2007


A San Francisco si definiscono così: neo-beduini. Figli dell'accesso più o meno gratuito a WI-Fi nei locali pubblici, lavorano vagando come nomadi fra una caffetteria e l'altra. Armati di cellulare e notebook, si pagano l'accesso all'infrastruttura per lavorare comprando caffé e dolci e costituiscono il terreno di coltura di molte delle nuove start-up tecnologiche nella Bay Area
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A new breed of worker, fueled by caffeine and using the tools of modern
technology, is flourishing in the coffeehouses of San Francisco. Roaming from
cafe to cafe and borrowing a name from the nomadic Arabs who wandered freely in
the desert, they've come to be known as "bedouins."

San Francisco's modern-day bedouins are typically armed with laptops and
cell phones, paying for their office space and Internet access by buying coffee
and muffins

San Francisco's bedouins see themselves changing the nature of the
workplace, if not the world at large. They see large companies like General
Motors laying off workers, contributing to insecurity. And at the same time,
they see the Internet providing the tools to start companies on the cheap. In
the Bedouin lifestyle, they are free to make their own rules.

"The San Francisco coffeehouse is the new Palo Alto garage," declares
Kevin Burton, 30, who runs his Internet startup Tailrank without renting
offices. "It's where all the innovation is happening
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