Modern Work is a podcast where people around the world talk about the work they do & how they got there.

Interview topics include careers, childhood hobbies, education, entrepreneurship, office culture, work-life balance, remote work, digital nomads, apps, tools, processes, workflow, strategy, and more. 

The host, Katherine Conaway, is a consultant, writer & traveler.

Alondo Brewington, Independent Software Developer

Alondo Brewington, Independent Software Developer

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Alondo Brewington

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Alondo Brewington is an independent software developer, currently focused on mobile and Mac applications. He's been exploring the physical and business worlds for the past 2 years and shares his experiences on his blog, The Cocoa Nomad.


Episode: Alondo Brewington, Independent Software Developer

SHOW NOTES & SUMMARY POINTS (CHRONOLOGICAL)

  • Introduction
  • Recording in Koh Phangan, Thailand while on Remote Year (their second group, Battuta) 
  • Getting a Tandy computer at 12 and starting programming
  • Started college studying computer engineering and then switching to computer science
  • How little kids pay attention to things & what we love growing up
  • Shonda Rhimes book, Year of Yes 
  • Who gets to live an amazing lifestyle & how
  • Early jobs, sales, tech support
  • Current economy of digital jobs vs. the 1990s pre-dotcom boom
  • 1999 got a job at ApartmentGuide.com with a few other developers to build the site, was a database developer & built staff-facing client
  • Having patience back in the old dial-up internet days (and printing maps out pre-smartphones)
  • Doing Windows & web development and database programming
  • Atlanta IT community and network - and the value of networking & community building both for your career and feeling fulfilled
  • The Remote Year community and network benefits, professionally and personally
  • Making time to invest in networks and how that leads to amazing life opportunities
  • Contracting with public school system in Atlanta, seeing a demo for an iPhone, and how he learned to develop mobile apps 
  • Becoming an independent contractor & a remote worker
  • Quitting his job to make something that he thought would make a lot of money, but it didn’t work out; joining Team Snap 
  • Learning about Remote Year via Business Insider while being Uncle-Dad for his nephews 
  • Always doing solo travel, no itinerary, no plan, but wanted to do something different and have a community 
  • The Remote Year Battuta itinerary (3 continents, mix of cities and countries and cultures) and our group (age range, travel experience, etc)
  • Love of coworking spaces and wanting to open his own
  • Work experience while on Remote Year, deciding he didn’t want to go back, quitting his job, selling his house, committing to quit Remote Year but changing his mind
  • When something isn’t right in life (work, location, relationships), how to determine when to quit and what needs to go (and what doesn’t)
  • The concept of sunk costs & how it affects our decision making process
  • Resetting everything to a blank canvas and trying to determine what he wants his life to look like
  • The love of travel, not hearing English, the puzzle mind playing in new places, the adventure of shopping in foreign countries
  • Reconnecting to things he loves on a regular basis, practicing Muy Thai, offering boxing lessons to the group, writing - reconstructing his identity
  • Computer languages: working in Swift now, previously Objective C
  • Rewriting old apps and new ones he’s developing
  • What makes a great month of Remote Year? The special moments of Remote Year
  • Saying yes to things you wouldn’t normally do or think you’d enjoy - and accepting the premise of life isn’t normal
  • The apps he’s going to be releasing: Team Snap apps, movie trivia app (hello Doug Loves Movies podcast!)
  • First step is planning out the work by breaking them into stories & deliverable units
  • Old method was requirement documents, sign off on specs, and build the deliverables, but no iterative feedback with the clients
  • Agile method is a smaller cycle to get feedback as you go, project management tools: Pivotal Tracker, Jira, etc
  • A work day in the life
  • 4-6 hours of productive work a day vs. how many hours people think they work
  • Work culture and office environments and expectations
  • The future of work, part-time and freelance work, flexibility of schedule and location, adjusting your income expectations and needs, walking away from 6-figure salaries (or not pursuing them)
  • Having the opportunity to be an independent developer
  • Restructuring your lifestyle and the way you spend money & redefining how you define success
  • Cultural expectations of ownership, lifestyle, commitments
  • Their iOS podcast for developers for iOS and Mac apps
  • Doing more writing & his blog about the life of working remotely, development, travel
  • "The Jalan Alor of Life”
  • Staying on the road after Remote Year & what pace is the right pace for being a digital nomad & which places are the right ones to stay in for a while 
  • Traveling in the USA and why it’s worth considering traveling closer to home or places you know / know people
Thank you for listening!

 

POST-INTERVIEW UPDATE

Alondo is still on his adventure, currently in month 21 of traveling (finally breaking the 30 country barrier and visiting his 5th continent). He’s discovered that the one country per month pace is working quite well after all. Appreciative of the benefits of travel and the new perspective it’s provided, he is working on the release of Anew, a daily gratitude journal app for iOS, macOS and Android.

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Jason Piersialla, Programs Team Manager at Remote Year

Jason Piersialla, Programs Team Manager at Remote Year

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