Meet the founders

We have literally lived the remote working life for the best part of a decade. Our combined experience of blended work lifestyles and belief in the remote working way of life lead the way to forming Abodoo. The traditional working model of 9-5 Mon - Fri was in need of a shake-up and with the advent of improved technologies over the last five years, the opportunity to truly have a thriving and professional career that you could maintain from almost anywhere made total sense to us. The Abodoo platform went live in 2018 with the purpose of helping others to live and work in a similar way or according to their needs and circumstances. And we haven’t looked back. 

April 2020 update: At the time of writing this, the world as you and we know it has radically changed beyond anything any of us could have imagined. Remote working has not only become widespread, but it has also become a means of survival for both businesses and Individuals. In addition it has become a mechanism to ensure the safety of vulnerable people in our society through social distancing and keeping our loved ones at home where possible to avoid the spread of COVID-19. We feel there is a huge responsibility to act during this time and provide Abodoo for the benefit of as many people as possible. With huge economic uncertainty and mass unemployment caused by the pandemic, we are painfully aware of the plight of so many right now. We are doing all we can to make sure that we can provide some relief and benefit wherever possible, and will continue to look at ways in which we can contribute to others during this time and for what lies ahead for all of us. 

Remote Working for us has always been about living a more fulfilling life. Losing commutes and traditional office environments and working hours has long been a revolution in waiting. Now we are all forced to face the very real prospect of change. As we watch dolphins return to clear water canals, and take in satellite imagery of massive reductions in emissions and pollution. As companies see that reduced overheads and distributed employees does not equate to loss of productivity. And as we look into the faces of next generations, we can see hope for the future. For all the turmoil, anguish, and sadness that COVID-19 has brought upon us, there is still an optimistic glimmer that we can prosper in ourselves, in our families, in our relationships, in our careers, in our communities, and in our economies without having to return to the old habitual ways of living before this new decade took hold. 

Working remotely (in its many incarnations) paradoxically can very much bring us all together, and if you are reading this and want to be involved with Abodoo in some way, then please get in touch. We are still a very connected world and a species dependent on the interaction and stories of others. So with that, here are a few words about us...

Vanessa Tierney

Vanessa Tierney is the voice for The Future of Work and SmartWorking. With nearly a decade of working outside of a traditional office, she is an All Ireland Top 100 Female Entrepreneur, author, Cofounder and CEO of A keynote speaker at Global Tech Summits and HR Events on key topics around remote working, Vanessa has spoken on diversity impact, the environment and the disruption of the workplace as we know it. SmarterWorking is what she champions and as Abodoo has become the fastest growing ecosystem for SmartWorking across 60 countries, she is now leading the charge on the remote revolution educating companies and people on the transition. With over 15 years of International Executive Search, leadership and talent acquisition experience for the Fortune 1000 across Europe and the US, she has an excellent understanding of effective talent sourcing and management and how to stay ahead of your competitors Living on the East Coast of Ireland, she truly embraces SmartWorking and when she is not waving the Abodoo and SmartWorking Flag for change she is having fun with her family.
Ben Wainwright

Ben Wainwright is the Cofounder of Abodoo. His IT career spans over 15 years supporting global network solutions and encompassing diverse industries such as recruitment, telecommunications, media, and digital licensing technology. Originating from Warwickshire in the UK, but now residing on the east coast of Ireland, he relishes the opportunities and experiences that come with a true remote working lifestyle. As a keynote speaker at tech summits and Industry events he has spoken on topics around remote management and collaboration, in addition to championing and discussing distributed workforces and remote working across broadcast media. With music as his other passion Ben has played alongside Grammy award winning artists and enjoyed performing music around the world with diverse musicians as well as working with International composers via a previous digital audio licensing company. Ben is now focussed on developing and introducing new Industry products and services, and expansion into new geographies including assisting developing countries with skills learning and employment. He is driven to solve problems and create disruptive products, adores his family, and seeks to contribute true positive change for lives around the world.
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