Neo-nomadic ‘bedouins’ working only in coffeeshops

San Francisco Chronicle reports on a new breed of worker, fueled by caffeine and using the tools of modern technology, is flourishing in the coffeehouses of San Francisco.

Roaming from cafe to cafe and borrowing a name from the nomadic Arabs who wandered freely in the desert, they’ve come to be known as “bedouins.”

San Francisco’s modern-day bedouins are typically armed with laptops and cell phones, paying for their office space and Internet access by buying coffee and muffins.

“In ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ the bedouins always felt like they were on the warpath. They had greater cause,” said Niall Kennedy, a 27-year-old San Franciscan who quit his day job at Microsoft Corp. to run his own Web company, Patrick Media, out of cafes and a rented desk. “At a startup, you’re always on the go, plowing ahead, with some higher cause driving you.”

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