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    Now that many people are working from home, they’re starting to realize there are a lot of pros – but also some cons to working at your house. In this episode, I’m interviewing Christelle Rohaut from Codi, a company that connects people with homes to people looking to work from ‘home.’ It’s a really cool concept, and it’s even more important now. We’ll talk about Codi, how she came up with the concept, and the future of remote work.

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    Intro to Christelle Rohaut

    • UC Berkeley city planner and environmental engineer from France
    • Studied the circular economy
    • Founder of Codi, called Airbnb Meets WeWork
    • Sharing economy vs. circular economy

    What is the Circular Economy?

    • More holistic way of looking at the economy
    • Hiring local drivers, local driving – it goes beyond ‘just’ the car
    • How dollars circulate in the economy, stay in the local community
    • Became interested in sustainable communities within cities – create value in your own city

    Codi: Airbnb Meets WeWork

    • Name – wanted to be able to use it as a verb and a noun
    • Customers came up with the description!
    • Codi is the first company to offer daytime work spaces in private homes
    • Gives the opportunity for people to walk to work from their home, remain in their communities

    Response to Codi

    • A lot of workers want to stay remote, but want to be connected to community
    • Codi provides this option and feedback has been positive
    • Opportunity for human interaction, walk around – positive for mental health

    Hosting with Codi

    • 60% of hosts already work from home, looking for company and to share space
    • 40% of hosts work outside the home and have empty space
    • Opportunity to earn extra income – hosts are notified when they have a booking and they see the LinkedIn invite
    • By locals, for locals

    Vetting and Safety

    • Background checks, LinkedIn verification
    • Not for tourists – it’s for people looking for work space
    • Initially reached out to people in coffee shops

    Scaling and the Future of Remote Work

    • Working with businesses
    • Designing the platform in a thoughtful way
    • Codi is focused on sparking the ‘walk to work’ movement

    Outro

    • Thanks to Christelle for coming on the show! COVID has harmed many industries but has also helped grow others
    • On a personal and business level, there are some upsides to the changing thoughts around remote work

    Show Notes

    Harry Campbell

    Harry Campbell

    I'm Harry, the owner and founder of The Rideshare Guy Blog and Podcast. I used to be a full-time engineer but now I'm a rideshare blogger! I write about my experience driving for Uber, Lyft, and other services and my goal is to help drivers earn more money by working smarter, not harder.