Meet Gable Hosts: Katelyn Donnelly

In the third installment of the Meet Gable Hosts series, we’re talking to Katelyn Donnelly, a New Yorker and a remote work veteran. We’ll be discussing Katelyn’s place in New York, how 2020 changed her views on remote work, and her small business favorites in Greenwich Village.

Gable helps remote workers find their work happy place, and there’s no better way to do that than build communities of advocates, enablers, and supporters. Gable is on a mission to talk to remote workers, remote-first companies, Gable users, thought leaders, remote entrepreneurs, and, of course, Gable hosts.

In the third installment of the Meet Gable Hosts series, we’re talking to Katelyn Donnelly, a New Yorker and a remote work veteran. We’ll be discussing Katelyn’s place in New York, how 2020 changed her views on remote work, and her small business favorites in Greenwich Village.

Katelyn, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m an entrepreneur and an investor. I started a company called Delivery Associates, which works with governments to drive big reform programs worldwide. I also invest in companies that broadly fall under the “future of work” category. I define it as enabling the transformation of how people will work in the future.

Why did you sign up for Gable, and what do you like about Gable?

I saw Gable on a blog or somewhere, and with my investor hat on, I think it fits perfectly into the landscape of the future of work. I genuinely believe that the future of work is remote or at least has a remote component; maybe most people will work in a hybrid model, but going back to office 9-5 just won’t be the reality, at least for the knowledge industries.

My company, Delivery Associates, has been around for seven years. We’ve always been remote first and never had an office. I saw the remote work challenges first-hand years ago: working when people are not together, finding a space to work as a small company, etc.

On the other hand, I have an apartment in New York I’m not always in. I was a super host on Airbnb, and it made sense to try Gable since my place can offer value to local professionals. My workspace is pretty cool, and I’m happy to share it with people in my neighborhood. People may just want a change of scenery or a quiet place to work during the day if they co-work at home with their significant other or family.

You have an excellent blog, and while browsing it, one particular article drew our attention. You wrote about remote work being here to stay. What’s your take on remote work generally vs. in 2020? Has 2020 changed your views at all?

The last year did change my view on how fast people will make the transition to remote work. 2020 has been a giant accelerator, and you can see that best in some of the data I shared in that blog.

As every month of the pandemic passed, people shifted their expectations of how many days they will have to work from an office in the future. Before 2020, remote work was a theoretical possibility or something only forward-thinking companies adopted. In 2020, though, it became the dominant reality for most people, and the pace of change is now fully accelerated.

What are three of your favorite small businesses in Greenwich Village?

First, there’s the Cafe Reggio, a legendary spot for cappuccino and dessert. It has a super-old Italian vibe and an elegant, European feel in the middle of New York City. Then, there’s Cafe Dante, another excellent place for coffee, tea, and cocktails, with lots of outdoor seating. If anyone is stopping for lunch, I recommend the Saigon Shack. They have fantastic pho noodle soups.

What do you think people will enjoy most in your space?

My desk is right next to the window overlooking the beautiful MacDougal street. The street can be quite busy during the night, but it has plenty of New York and Greenwich Village charm in the day. The morning sunlight is fantastic, and I see people enjoying the peace and serenity the most in my space.

We enjoyed talking to Katelyn and getting to know her neighborhood. You can catch up with Katelyn by signing up for Gable and booking her beautiful workspace - do it today!

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Andrea Rajic



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