LN 002: Remote Working and the Startup Lifestyle with Jay Clouse

Jay Clouse: COO at Tixers and Startup Weekend Organizer

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be part of a startup company? If so, you’re in luck today. In this Life Nomading Episode my friend Jay Clouse gives us a first hand insight into his daily life as the COO of Tixers.com. He talks to me about the pro’s and con’s to the startup lifestyle and what it’s like working remotely.

Jay’s involvement with the startup world goes much deeper than his position at Tixers, in-fact the fundamental thing that changed his life was Startup Weekend, an event held during a long weekend where entrepreneurs, coders, hackers, hustlers, and designers gather and pitch ideas for businesses to create in that same weekend. He must be telling the truth when he says it changed his life, because he is now an Organizer and Facilitator for Startup Weekends.

Startup Weekend
Jay with friend Suzy Bureau (Startup Weekend Organizer)

What you will learn in this episode:

Like explained above, you will learn what it’s like to work for a startup, remotely. Not only that, you will get insight into the personal battle we all have with staying positive even in times where it is difficult to do so.


Life is the longest thing you’ll ever have, but still too short to be upset about anything. – Jay

Links mentioned in this article:

Jay’s personal website: JayClouse.com

Find him in the Twitter world @JayClouse

His first startup Market OSU, a platform like craigslist for Ohio State University students to buy and sell stuff.

Jay works for an awesome startup based out of Cincinnati called Tixers. Be sure to check them out next time you plan to go see a game, event, or concert. Have extra tickets to an event? Tixers will give you credits towards future events in return for tickets you want to get rid of too!

Briefly mentioned in this episode was a Columbus based entrepreneur and startup. Web Smith has found a ton of success in the past in Columbus, and he is now at it again with a super rad concept called Whence, check it out.

We spend a vast majority of the episode referencing some of the things only remote working people go through which you can read about a little more in detail.

Paul Graham, founder of Y-Combinator wrote an article questioning why 20 somethings should or should not start a business called “Before the Startup” . We talk about his philosophy behind this and why he really makes a lot of sense.

Last but not least, shout out to one of our favorite working coffee spots Caffe Apropos in Columbus, Ohio

Final Thoughts

I loved doing this episode, Jay is a great guy and turning out to be a great friend. I want to thank him one last time for taking an hour out of his bustling life to share his life with the Life Nomading community!