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Do you want to feel less isolated working on your own?

I’m a solo founder. I’m working on the startups to the right —>

I work from home in Pinos del Valle in Andalusia, Spain. There are 2 bars and almost no other tech entrepreneurs and most of my time is spent online – coding, research, emailing, reading, twitter or customer development – pretty much all online.

Isolation Sucks!

I love many things about being a solo founder – having my ideas and running with them and the freedom that comes with only having my own feelings to contend with.

I hate the isolation I sometimes feel, not having people in the same situation as me to have conversations with, share ideas and otherwise be sociable.

Let’s Lounge!

Are you a solo founder or solo worker, freelancer, sole proprietor or generally work without the comfort of a team?

Do you feel the same sense of isolation? Let’s do something about it. Here is a little experiment to see if it makes things better.

I’ll set up a team room on Sqwiggle for 10 days – a lounge of sorts. In the lounge:

  • Video is always on – you’ll see everyone else.
  • You can set your mode to ‘Busy’ – you’ll still be seen but no one will disturb you.
  • We can talk to each other, chat and share stuff. We can talk about anything – tech/sport/politics/religion around as though we were around the coffee machine/water cooler/pub!
  • Generally get on with whatever we are doing.


Fill out the form below and I’ll check you out. If you meet my very simple criteria, I’ll send you a free invite to the  ‘lounge’. I’ll only be sending out 10 invites a day, so please let me know if you have any preferences on days. I will not share your email or other details with anyone else. Ever.

My simple criteria:

  1. You should be an independent solo professional (startups, freelancer or some kind of sole proprietor). You’ll need to have a link to your startup, website or LinkedIn page that I can go check out.
  2. Please tell me something about yourself – so we can have stuff to talk about. I’m not knowingly going to choose people who don’t want to be sociable!

That’s it! Let’s lounge!!

———————– Experiment Closed ——————————–

What do you think?

  1. NReduce was a virtual accelerator, with weekly check-ins – I wonder what happened to it…

    For a more structured way to use each other’s (virtual) company, you might want to try setting a Braintrust. That’d help propel you forward.

  2. Yeah – actually this is the second reference to NReduce in a few hours. I will check what the archives say. I think they have folded, perhaps.

    Braintrust is a great idea. Might be something to explore if I there are some regulars in the lounge.

    Sal – thanks for great comments as usual!