035 – Dane Andrews of Roam – Maximizing Happiness, Because You Want To

ROAM

An international network of co-living spaces…

RoamWhat does it mean to be location independent? Dane Andrews, Co-Founder and Head of Growth at Roam (a co-living and co-working community testing the boundaries between work, travel and life adventure) joins John Matson and Nick Vivion (tnooz) in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser.

In this episode:

  • How Roam provides for people interested in “Nomadicism”, solving logistical things, and how the difference is the people and the community available the instant you’re in a new city
  • How usually you just get to know people when you’re leaving and can’t get deep with people, really know them – and Roam allows you to have people in your life in that city immediately, with authentic interaction, with the spaces set up that way
  • A lot is about architecture of space, designer by trade, the social dynamics of hospitality, with a focus more than most co-working providers
  • How, while looking like an urban city, it is not about price per square foot, and more about setting up for interactions and maximizing happiness
  • Common denominators of seeking out happiness, and how curiosity binds people together
  • Various global places differ more in logistics than mindset
  • Play spaces, and how design and architecture are intended to be inspiring, and seeing yourself there
  • The origin of Roam International, wanting to see them all over the world
  • Viewing Roam spaces them as your home, housing from a different perspective instead of hospitality
  • Connecting with people via private social media groups
  • The 2,000 alumni (“Roamers”), and how they get stamps on their “passport” for going to all properties
  • Next properties in London and Tokyo
  • A cornbread story
  • The company’s financial model, and how they started with leasing properties,
  • Benefitting from the idea of AirBnB being around for years, and how they set precedent for how similar models work
  • How Roam has a hotel license, which allows people to stay
  • Marketing for the company, as somewhere between an apartment an a hotel
  • Andrews’ first trip as a child, and finding oneself, finding a Phoenix local in the “dodgiest” place (Athens)
  • Never about being exclusive, and always about inclusive

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