We had the good fortune of connecting with Tom Bercu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tom, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Our world has been on a remote work path for the past decade. Additionally the arrival of the novel Covid-19 virus has accelerated the shift drastically. Companies are struggling to find ways to keep their workforce safe, healthy and productive at home. The challenge is to ensure that employees have the right tools at their fingertips to produce professional and productive work. Home+Work provides the perfect home office for their employees. Data from just about every major media points in the direction that working from home is the new normal. Facebook, Twitter, and many other companies are adapting their business models to gear them towards a home work space. The opportunity and timing are perfect to help companies rise to the new business model with Home+Work. Not only that, Home+Work is unlike any other product available today. This budding market is prime space for a great solution, and we have it.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Home+Work is my 4th career – each time moving in step with what is happening in the world. My first career was in commercial real estate development in San Francisco as the city was growing with the first dot com boom. From there, I joined the ranks of the dot com’ers as tech was exploding and was the industry to be in in San Francisco in the early 2000’s. My true passion, though, has always been in design, so I ventured to better weather in LA and started two companies on my own – Tom Bercu Presents, specializing in the events industry and Tom Bercu Design specializing in the home remodeling industry. Recently, with the onset of Covid 19 and a mass exodus from the workplace to the home, I came up with Home+Work – designing a multi functional workspace for all of the work-from-homers who need a productive space to work. In each and every one of these careers, I have been able to use creativity and tenacity to get into industries that I was passionate about. Since I was doing it for me, and I was not employee number 10,348,892, I was always motivated to enhance my own brand image. Each of these shifts has been an offspring of the last, so many of the skills that I have learned from my days in real estate still carry over to today and Tom Bercu Presents, Tom Bercu Designs, and Home+Work are all flourishing. I am so fortunate that I get up every day and love what I do!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This would have been an easy question 6 months ago! However, given todays state of things – going out is a bit more difficult. However- the thing I love most about living in So Cal is the weather and all of the outdoor activities, so other than restaurants, my “LA Visitor Bucket List” includes: – Drive to Montecito / Santa Barbara. Lunch at The Lucky Penny. Explore the homes and shops of Montecito. Dinner at the Stone House at San Ysidro Ranch. Overnight at The Rosewood Miramar . For the drive back, cut over Las Posas Rd to Rte 1 and drive through Malibu. Lunch on Malibu Pier at Malibu Farm. – For the Cardio Junkies, I love to walk the Venice Canals, Bike from Marina Del Ray to Will Rogers Beach, Hike Franklin Canyon, and Bike or walk all the streets of Hancock Park and Larchmont – Night time is definitely for star gazing and looking at the City lights from Griffith Observatory – For shopping – 3rd Street, Beverly, and La Brea – there are SO many cool local stores in LA! – A fun daytime activity is Hikes & Bikes – I like their Full day City Tour – you get a great feel for so many neighborhoods in LA!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My first boss – Michael Epsteen. He saw in me so many things that I, myself, did not even see in me. And once he brought those traits out (literally!), he instilled in me the drive to succeed. The ability to express myself and the confidence to stand behind my thoughts and feelings. He taught me how to listen – not just hear what people are saying. He wasn’t always calm, but his message was always one of love and support. And though I do not work for him anymore – and have completely changed industries – we still see each other every few months and he is still an amazing mentor and friend.