Bruce originally introduces himself to us one day after repeatedly running into us at his local coffeeshop. I say his because he’d been there for a year, not us (we’d just stopped in for a month to work on a very spontaneous project all about yoga in modern life). After the man’s second trip past my work table to the washing room, he finally asked what we were doing there. I told him and responded with the same question; after all, what was a goatee-ed biker type doing all day smoking cigars on the patio of this bourgeois franchise coffeeshop everyday?
Turns out, Bruce is a digital nomad. He had started an IT company there after waiting around for a business partner to come through on another project. Thanks to the networking taking place at that very coffeeshop, nine months later he now has a staff complete with design, marketing, and programming “departments.”
His staff is a lovely bunch of Indian guys all about my age–25 or 28 years old. They like to party and get excited about girls; they love riding their motorcycles. They even love to work, when they’re in the mood.
“At first it was like herding cats. You get four in the box and by the time you find the others, those four have disappeared so you gotta go find those four again.”
A digital nomad and vagabond at heart, Bruce has learned a lot from his time in India. The boys working for him are not only proficient employees (confusing him 50% of the time with their standards of work ethic), but they’ve taught him a lot, too. The dichotomy of Indian culture’s yes and no, right and left, good and bad has left him patient, flexible, and from my point of view, a good guy to work with.
After getting to know us a bit and hearing our situation (read: stuck in the city), he offers to take us on a motorcycle trip to Mysore, on which we collect the footage for this video. He explains to us later his curiosities about driving and vehicle interaction is in this country:
“Fifteen years ago, this place had no cars. It wasn’t something parents learned and passed onto their kids, like in America. No, no one had a car and then suddenly everyone had a car. That’s why there’s no where to park in all the roads.”
Enjoy this episode of #SmileLoveBubbles, in which we get to know a digital nomad and a good guy from Manhattan on the other side of the world.