University pals laid off by Salesforce & Microsoft team up to redefine work

The founding story for Swapdesk, how 2 university friends are teaming up to make "work from anywhere" affordable.

Redefining Work-Life Balance through a trusted home exchange network

SWAPDESK is a dynamic home exchange platform tailored for professionals. It is designed by two friends who were both impacted by the global tech industry downsizing in January 2023. It emerges as a result of the resilience and determination of its leaders Allen Boening, who dedicated 4 years in strategic sales role at Salesforce and Rory Fairweather, who devoted nine years to Microsoft software development, product management and accessibility. Having discussed this project for several months, the layoffs provided Fairweather and Boening with the perfect catalyst to pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations, leverage their diverse skill sets, and turn adversity into opportunity.

SWAPDESK originated from their shared passion to create a platform which enables professionals to break free from the limitations of a typical work routine, and explore new horizons, while maintaining a rewarding work-life balance. SWAPDESK has rapidly gained momentum, attracting professionals from over 210 companies around the globe. With properties available from the bustling streets of New York City to the romantic charm of Paris, SWAPDESK offers a network of high-quality accommodations, all equipped with excellent workspace setups and reliable Wi-Fi connections. While the majority of current participants on the platform are in their late 20s or early 30s, SWAPDESK is offered to anyone eager to embrace freedom and flexibility - so long as they are a working professional.

For Fairweather and Boening, SWAPDESK represents more than just a business venture - it represents their journey of self-discovery and creativity and allows them to apply their industry-honed experience to a new venture. The vision of SWAPDESK aligns with the changing dynamics of today's workforce where professionals increasingly seek a seamless blend of work and travel. By connecting like-minded professionals and fostering a vibrant global community, SWAPDESK offers a platform for individuals to travel the world, while advancing in their careers.

Boening and Fairweather are passionate about building a thriving community of professionals who value freedom, creativity, and personal growth and invite professionals, travel enthusiasts, and anyone in search of a transformative work-life experience to join them on this thrilling adventure. Through SWAPDESK, individuals are empowered to live a life they don't need a vacation from - a life filled with adventure, personal growth, and new experiences.

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SWAPDESK is a groundbreaking home exchange platform created by Allen Boening and Rory Fairweather, who bring solid and dependable experience from years at Salesforce and Microsoft. By offering a trusted network of high-quality accommodations and exceptional workspaces, SWAPDESK empowers professionals to redefine their work-life balance and explore the world, while maintaining fulfilling careers. With a vision to help people live a life they don't need a vacation from, SWAPDESK is revolutionizing the way professionals approach work and travel.