I just read another great article about the trend of elminating or reducing overhead assocated with physical office space in this week's BusinessWeek called Square Feet. Oh, How Square!
Is an infrastructure-free company in our future? Coghead, a Web-based business application developer in Mountain View, Calif., comes pretty close. Save for the laptops and cell phones, the 20-person company has virtually no hard assets. Coghead's Redwood City (Calif.) warehouse office space is on a monthly lease. Servers, e-mail programs, and a wiki are all provided by low-cost, third-party sources on the Web. Chief Technology Officer and founder Greg Olsen says that if a major earthquake or Avian flu outbreak occurred, the company could up and move anywhere within a day. As he puts it, kind of like a clan of neo-bedouins before a sandstorm.