Episode #52: Gabe Hollombe

Episode #52: Gabe Hollombe

Oct 3, 12 • In Featured, Interviews, Podcast

In this episode, Gabe Hollombe, talks about his adventures traveling throughout Southeast Asia while working for a company based in Australia. He discusses staying connected to the Internet and home-based coworkers, traveling with coworkers, and essential equipment for the vagabond programmer.


Show Notes:

Gabe Hollombe (twitter / github / blog)
Tutoring Australasia

00:37 – Gabe Hollombe Introduction & Background

  • Los Angeles native
  • Moved to NYC
  • Has an English degree as opposed to Computer Science
  • Currently calls Sydney, Australia home for the past 6 years

01:48 – Traveling

  • Has traveled to and worked remotely from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, and Spain in the past 8 months
  • Took two teammates and co workers from Sydney with him
  • Earning Australian dollars; spending in Southeast Asia
  • Devotes time to working half and half between company and his own other projects

04:20 – Staying connected to the Internet while traveling

  • Ubiquitous free wifi in Southeast Asia
  • Thailand = most wired out of all above-mentioned

05:35 – Staying connected to the team back in Australia

  • Morning (daily) stand ups
  • Time change between Southeast Asia and Australia works well
  • Google Hangouts
  • Fall back on Skype

06:30 – Nha Trang, Vietnam

08:03 – Traveling with coworkers

  • Easier to work
  • Keep each other focused and motivated
  • Feel less isolated

08:42 – Adjustment for “home team” to have coworkers working away

  • Flew the team to Vietnam about halfway through the trip

10:28 – Tutoring Australasia

  • Connects students to tutors online, 24/7
  • Intelligent matching system
  • Real-time sharing
  • Schools/public libraries can pay for a subscription

12:11 – Lessons learned from making the change to working on-site to off-site

  • Communication
  • Having conversations be captured in a place where everyone can see them
  • 6 month sweet-spot

14:18 – Start smaller (traveling)

  • Do a trial run with coworkers

16:08 – Equipment for the vagabond programmer

  • Universal general power adapter
  • Universal power board
  • iPad
  • Unlocked GSM phone
  • Camera
  • MacBook Air

19:55 – Key advice for people working remotely

  • If you’re thinking about doing a trip like this, do it
  • Saving more while working half as much
  • It’s easier than you’d think

22:45 – Pairkit.com

  • Gabe’s FREE! Beta pet project
  • Makes SSH reverse tunneling easy

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