Digital nomad interview: Ryan and Ang from Jets Like Taxis

Photo courtesy of Justin from The Lotus And The Artichoke

Photo courtesy of Justin from The Lotus And The Artichoke

This is the latest in our series of digital nomad interviews – view all the interviews here. For our latest Digital Nomad Interview, we’ve collared Ryan and Ang from Jets Like Taxis – who, I think it’s fair to say, we have a major couple-crush on. Why? They run awesome businesses, they’re funny as hell, and they have tattoos that we’d never be cool enough to pull off. Oh, and we get the feeling they’re almost as daft as us. Before you get stuck into an article that includes the…

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If essential social norms aren’t established naturally, I’ll damn well do it myself

Is this seat taken?

Is this seat taken?

I can contrive to feel awkward in just about any given situation. It goes with the territory of being both white and British, but I fully admit that I’m more sensitive to matters of social norms than most. Even though I’m an extreme example, there are some social difficulties that crop up so commonly, and are so easily solved, that it’s hard to believe they’ve not been codified either informally or in law. So, here begins a crusade to get some simple rules into the statute books. Join me. “Is…

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How we get new clients

It’s been an exciting few days here at Mortified Cow HQ (aka the desk in our bedroom): our site has finally launched, which means we can now direct potential customers somewhere proper for more information – rather than just tell them “We’re really good and we’d really like to work with you, and, erm, here are some links to work we’ve done in the past.” Funnily enough though, that former approach wasn’t as unsuccessful as you might think: we got quite a few clients that way – which is why…

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Their casa es su casa – interview with Airbnb hosts in Barcelona, Spain

It’s a matter of public record that we’re pretty obsessed with Airbnb – we’ve been staying in Airbnb apartments non-stop for six months, we’ve written a book about it, and we’re in the process of interviewing all the hosts we’ve stayed with to get their perspective. So when the chance came up to speak with a couple just as obsessed as we are, we could hardly turn it down. Phil and Fiona have gone from accidental Airbnb hosts to being practically professionals. They’ve hosted over 500 guests, and their site…

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How we find brilliant outsourced workers – quickly

One too many typos: we had no choice but to fire him

One too many typos: we had no choice but to fire him

This morning, I woke up to a message that some images I’d had edited in Pakistan had been finished overnight. Meanwhile Mish was logging into a client’s website to check on some data that’s being entered in India, then we put together our feedback on some draft designs that are being done in Romania. Yup, we’re both addicted to outsourcing. And as control freaks who have a spike in blood pressure if we see an apostrophe or an Excel cell out of place, that’s pretty astonishing. Borderline OCD though we…

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