Noah will Soon be Homeless

Some of you may know that I live with my parents. Recently, I was evicted and have 30 days to leave the premises. Okay, it was not that ominous but they said it was time the bird left the nest. I guess at 25 I need to get my own place.

I had an idea to see What Can I do with my Blog/Diary/Journal. I think of it more as a marketing experiment about the use cases of this site.

Can anyone suggest a room, condo, live-in nanny, house to rent in the Bay Area?

About Me:

I am practically never home, but when I am, I occationally like to have guests over
I shower occassionally
I want to cook once and awhile
I occupy very little space and have slept on floors for months
Basically, all I need is a closet with wireless

Help me;)

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40 responses to “Noah will Soon be Homeless”

prashanth
February 19, 2007 at 2:32 pm

You can just come crash at mine till the 18th Mar and then my mom will kick you out!

Hahah. Homeless people rock!

Praz

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Noah Kagan
February 19, 2007 at 2:37 pm

I need to find a place after that point. Right now I am thinking possibly in San Francisco, maybe Atherton in a guest house or just camping in a tent somewhere….

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Christian G. Warden
February 19, 2007 at 3:30 pm

Live in a hostel. I can’t recommend any specific one in the bay area, but you should be able to find something. The longest I’ve stayed in a single hostel is about six weeks, in Washington, DC and Edinburgh, but if your lifestyle is as you describe and you find the right place, you might be comfortable.

Good luck,
Christian

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Tyler
February 19, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Is there a Burrito requirement?

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Noah Kagan
February 19, 2007 at 3:47 pm

If the people who share the place make and/or love burritos the better. Generally I eat my burritos at the restaurants and keep them separate from my living establishments for obvious reasons;)

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Jason H.
February 19, 2007 at 4:44 pm

Noah, have you thought about turning your blog into a real business? You can be a younger, hipper, and funnier version of Michael A.?

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Noah Kagan
February 19, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Jason, I don’t want to just profile tech companies but if i could make money off this site in an non-annoying way I would consider it. Any ideas?

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Jason H.
February 19, 2007 at 5:09 pm

Noah, you’ve done so much for others with your “Grouporation” idea. Why don’t you do one for yourself?

Here is the title for your next blog post- “Show Me the Money- How can OkDork make some dough in an non-annyoing way?”

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Noah Kagan
February 19, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Ha. I was actually going to use Thursday to talk about an old project I did called peoplereminder.com. Maybe in the future I will do one for okdork.com. I was thinking about creating a separate site, grouporation.com to handle them. What do you all think?

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Sri
February 19, 2007 at 7:07 pm

Thats a great idea Noah!! Get small companies to pay you to get idea from blog readers. $1000 a pop….thats nothing for start ups…..thats right there in their marketing budget.

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Juan Millon (1mil)
February 19, 2007 at 7:36 pm

LOL@all I need is a closet with wireless.

I swear I saw that on a t-shirt somewhere

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Shivani
February 19, 2007 at 7:56 pm

my place is always open…just don’t piss off my roommate =)

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Noah N. Glass
February 19, 2007 at 8:19 pm

Noah K,

My friend Auren Hoffman has a great definition of an entrepreneur: “An entrepreneur is someone that steals office supplies from home and brings them to work.”
In the spirit of that definition and Sri’s comment above, I’ll let you stay with me in NYC to repay you for the ideas generated from GoMobo’s Grouporation last week.

BTW: Noah Kagan claims that NYC has even better burritos than California. He promised to take me to a place to prove it. Just wanted to let you know that you won’t be burritoless here.

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Noah N. Glass
February 19, 2007 at 8:20 pm

p.s. Whoops…I meant Noah Brier. So many Noah’s in my life..

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Jason H.
February 20, 2007 at 12:44 am

Hi Noah G.,

Don’t mean to start a west coast vs east coast thing, but can u come up with 10 good reasons why Noah K. should move to NYC? In other words, why is The Alley is better than The Valley?

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Noah N. Glass
February 20, 2007 at 7:53 am

I don’t think I need 10 good reasons.
5 should suffice…

Top 5 reasons why NYC is better:

1. Noah Brier and I live here. If Noah Kagan joined us, we’d have a Noah Triumvirate and there would be no stopping us from world conquest.

2. NYC has a concentrated population of 8.1M and a kickass subway system. The Valley has a sprawling population of 2.3M and a Grade F congestion rating. I live 3.3 miles away from where I work and it takes me 20 minutes to get here with walking and subway riding. I’m moving at just under a 10 mph average while commuting and my commute is really, really short. Not as short as when I was working from home, but much, much better than when I was living in Half Moon Bay and working at Shutterfly in Redwood City.

3. NYC is the mobile capital of the United States. The world is going mobile with a 5x increase in SMS sent in the US over the past 2 years, 229 million active mobile subscribers in the US, and mobile sales outstripping PC sales 10 to 1 (1 billion vs. 100 million)worldwide. The Valley owned the dot com boom, but NYC will own the mobile boom. I love being literally two city blocks away from fellow mobile startups like Rave Wireless (www.ravewireless.com).

4. Noah loves burritos. According to Citysearch, there are only 6 burrito restaurants within a 2-mile radius of Googleplex (the heart of Silicon Valley). 3 of those are Taco Bells (50%). There are no fewer than 32 burrito places within 2 miles of GoMobo headquarters (smack dab in the middle of Silicon Alley at 21st and Broadway) with only 7 of these being Taco Bells (under 22%).

5. The offer still stands for Noah K. to move to NYC and become the CMO of GoMobo. What could be better than that? Especially if he’s living rent free on my floor. 🙂

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Brian Breslin
February 20, 2007 at 11:14 am

Noah G: Miami is the mobile capital of the US. On average Miamians spend more time on their cell phones than any other place in the US. FYI. Plus we have less interference from these so called “sky scrapers” and we have this little thing called south beach….

Noah K: Move here to miami, the burrito selection sucks, but we have more international food, like brazillian and argentinian steak houses, oh and brazillian and argentinian women.

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Noah Kagan
February 20, 2007 at 11:45 am

haha. great list noah g. the best burritos are in california bar none. nyc does have some tasty surprises! hahaha. i love the research you put into your comments. true noahication.

shivani, i will stay with you forever=) i could totally be that guy on the couch like half baked.

brian, hot women and steaks. salivating…

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Wendy
February 20, 2007 at 11:54 am

You can stay with me at the burrito capital. We have a tent and a covered backyard/patio area. Comes with a cot, wireless access, and the occasional skunk.

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Noah Kagan
February 20, 2007 at 12:05 pm

Wendy and my friend Alyssa just sparked an interesting idea. What do you think if I tried a year without getting a place and just staying at friends/community/random people’s places. Too strange? Cool? Awkward? Possible? Thoughts?

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Noah Kagan
February 20, 2007 at 12:05 pm

PS. I would cook, clean, etc.. for rent or just pay=)

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Greg
February 20, 2007 at 12:10 pm

You need at least 26 friends you can impose on twice a year…

Buy an old panel van and sleep in it.

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Wendy
February 20, 2007 at 1:16 pm

That’s a great idea! And you’d experience so much that you wouldn’t come across if you had a stable home. You should try it =) There’s some website that caters to couch surfing travelers.. I’ve had several friends host random Europeans they met from the website.

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Noah Kagan
February 20, 2007 at 1:19 pm

Wendy, glad you approve!

I used the sites before, hospitalityclub.org and couchsurfer.com. Worked great when I went to Thailand. I would prefer staying with friends if I did this. Weekly, every other week or monthly? It would be a cool way to get closer to friends and other great stuff.

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Jason
February 20, 2007 at 1:50 pm

You might think about goign back to the corporate grind. I know you would much rather do the start my own business thing, but that requires some money.

The couch surfing thing just sounds too close to being a bum. I am not trying to be mean by any means, but there comes a time and place where you just have to bite the bullet and work for the “Man.” You can always pursue your interests and businesses with your time off. Or do they drain eight hours a day from you?

I might be way off. I am sure I will be scorned for saying it. I am just looking out for you…haha.

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Noah N. Glass
February 20, 2007 at 2:32 pm

Yes, Jason, you will be scorned for saying it.
Work for the “Man”? Noah? That’s a terrible, terrible piece of advice.

Noah, it’s not a dynamic choice between living on peoples’ couches or joining the corporate grind.
But if you had to choose, the couches would be a far better choice for your soul.

My job offer still stands…as does my apartment floor offer.

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Noah Kagan
February 20, 2007 at 2:36 pm

I freaking love my friends/readers. Thanks Jason/Noah G! I have income so money is not really the issue. I am working with mymint.com which is hot! I would just like to be a vagabond and try something new.

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Wendy
February 20, 2007 at 2:39 pm

At UCSD, there was a student who lived in the basement of the main library / the student lounges / dorm main rooms and showered at the gym. It was quite the story.

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Daniel Elmore
February 21, 2007 at 12:00 am

> Too strange? Cool? Awkward? Possible? Thoughts?

Totally cool, totally possible. With your network of friends, your telecommute income, and your un-married self, how many more GO signals do you need?

Study up on stand-by flights. And remember I’ve got you covered for Texas visits. 😉

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Jason
February 21, 2007 at 10:32 am

You should film this and make it into a documentary. Now I should at least get a producer credit.

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sri
February 21, 2007 at 10:39 am

Wow…30 days…should we create a website with a countdown..

http://www.NoahHas30Days.com

Just tell ur parents you love them so much and that will buy u another 30 days. (worth around $1000 in the bay area)

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Noah Kagan
February 21, 2007 at 11:56 am

Hmm… I am seriously thinking about this 30 days thing. I don’t know about a documentary but could be fun. Thanks everyone for your support and hopefully your couches=)

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Luke
February 21, 2007 at 3:44 pm

Noah, I went on a “Couch Tour” in the fall of 2005 (the last semester of my MBA) – a different couch every week for a semester. I lived out of three big plastic bins and really learned a lot about myself and about my ‘friends’ (you know, the people in your life that you think ‘man, they’re really awesome, I wish I was able to hang out with them more’ – living with them provides that opportunity). I say do it!

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Noah Kagan
February 21, 2007 at 4:02 pm

Luke. I love it. I think I am going to do it;) Maybe monthly instead of weekly.

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Squasher98
February 21, 2007 at 9:02 pm

There was a really lame commercial about a dude living in his Nissan Sentra for a few weeks. Noah, I ‘d like to see you rent a Sentra and send them the “true” version of your experiences.

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Mohammad
February 22, 2007 at 12:36 am

I’m moving to San Francisco on Friday and we already have a guy in the living room HAHA … you are more than welcome to join in. We are right next to the Caltrain station in the beaconsf.com

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Laura Allen
February 27, 2007 at 10:52 pm

It seems very clear that we should do some sort of website/blog thing called, “Noah’s Floor Tour 2007.” (And Noah, you need to treat me to a burrito at Benny’s Burritos if you end up using that name!) Clearly, we all want Noah to come to OUR city and to visit us and to have him sleep on our floor, so why fight when we can all win!! And Noah, seriously, when you get a little older, it’s just gonna look too weird for you to do this, so I urge you to do it now. There could be some type of “fundraising” element to the site too. Better yet, get sponsors to pay for your travel.
🙂
laura

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Noah Kagan
February 28, 2007 at 2:15 am

I missed you Laura. As of now I have until the end of May booked up with friends couches, floors, beds, etc… I am really excited about this. I am not sure if I will leave California as my work is here but you never know=)

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Damon Billian
February 28, 2007 at 4:00 am

As always, you’re more than welcome to look into getting a place with me and my bro. As I expect to be in Thailand for a few months this year, you would only have to put up with my brother. We’re probably looking for a new place in the 408…

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David D
September 19, 2007 at 6:28 pm

Noah K’s Homeless 365…
sounds cool!
i am sure many friends will offer…
if you come to Beijing, my place is always open…

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