The Anatomy of Our Mobile Workstation

Cody and I have been to no less than 50 cafes, libraries, and coworking spaces across the States. Today we work from Palo Alto’s Downtown Library. While the scenery changes, one thing remain the same—the content of our mobile workstation. These are the things that we can’t work without.

We try to keep it lean; seem to help when we’re constantly on the run and try out new workspaces.
The general guidelines for the items that qualify to be in the bag are simple:

  • Should all fit inside our bag.
    Cody owns a medium size messenger bag custom made from Infinity Firenze. (Real nice.)
    I carry the City Backpack by Incase. (Pretty cool, but not as cool.)
  • Aside from the laptop, the item should not require its own power supply. (One less outlet to look for. On another note, I’d always bring an outlet hub, but I’d try not to use it if I don’t have to)
  • Only the most essential items stay—the item would be used at least 80% of the time we work.




We all have to fit in many shoes, but most prominently, Cody’s the CTO and focuses on mobile development, which means he can carry out the entire operation solely with his laptop. But to be wired-in is a whole nother story. His stash:



Benson’s (mine)


Aside of setting direction for the brand, my main job’s to come up with content and make things pretty. A piece of machinery that can run Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and 15 tabs simultaneously is just a start, I require a few extra tools to do my job well:


I’m a gear junky, but I’ve been training hard not to get too distracted with the stuff I want need. If time permits, I’d like to review more thoroughly with the items we own. Stay tuned.

Today’s office—Palo Alto Downtown Library

While I”m at it, here’s a quick glance at today’s office.



Fast wifi, plenty outlets, quiet, and lots of resources. It’s been a workspace Cody and I frequent when most other cafes are crowded.


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Bike parking, check.


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  • data mining

    2016-01-05 at 12:38 AM Reply

    I would like to ask a question as a librarian: You wrote about the library: “It’s been a workspace Cody and I frequent when most other cafes are crowded.” I would like to know why the library is not your first/main option? What do you think public libraries need to be a better choice as a workspace?
    Is just proffesional curiosity.
    Thank you and greetings from Spain

    • domain ip

      2016-01-05 at 10:37 AM Reply

      Hey Alvaro, it depends on the nature of the work session and a few factors.

      Typically, we have lots of discussions and caffeine (most libraries are free of food & drinks) as we work, which makes cafes the ideal spot. Other times when we just want to zone in and focus on specific tasks, we’d choose libraries.

      I think surrounding myself with people who are working hard makes me more productive and motivated, so I tend to go to where the crowd is—While most people tend to work from cafes, I do see more people migrating to libraries recently.

      Libraries are usually not as accessible as cafes. For every library in a city/district, there may be half of a dozen cafes to choose from. If I want to try new locations or seek locations that are closer to be, cafes tend to have the advantages.

      From where I’m from, not all libraries have the ideal attributes of a workspace, that is providing high speed wifi and have easily accessible power outlets. Mainly because public libraries rely on the resources of the city, whereas cafes are independently run and can curate their space on their own term.

      Hope that helps!

      • find a domain

        2016-01-11 at 3:35 AM Reply

        Thank you very much for your answer. I find very useful the opinions on “why not” use libraries. 🙂

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