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Modern Work: a podcast about how we work today
136 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Dustin Johnson, Software Engineer + Chief Software Architect
Dustin Johnson is a software engineer and cofounder who started his career working at the Space & Missile Systems Center in California, Boeing, a drone company & the government, and then his startup — which recently closed a Series C and is now valued at a half billion dollars.
108 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Jessica DeWitt, Art Director + Designer
Jessica is a brand alchemist, working to advance the goals and vision of companies through brand stories that resonates both internally and externally. Jessica has worked with nonprofits and design agencies, and she freelanced remotely while traveling with Remote Year in 2016. She now works at an Africa-first startup helping place software engineers.
109 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Martin Smith, Principal Engineer
Martin Smith is a Site Reliability Engineer for HashiCorp, a remote-first company that solves development, operations, and security challenges in Cloud infrastructure. Martin previously worked in software engineering at Rackspace and the University of Florida. In 2016, with his remote job at Rackspace, Martin spent a year traveling the world with Remote Year.
80 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Maya Yette, Operations & Project Manager
Maya Yette is a recovering lawyer turned operations and strategy professional. She grew up in a suburb of Washington DC, studied communications and journalism, and has a law degree from Harvard University. After working at a DC corporate law firm, she traveled with Remote Year and worked at Travel Noire. Now based back in DC, she works at Choice Hotels.
73 minutes | Mar 7, 2020
Jono Lee, Product Designer + Founder
Jono Lee is a product designer and engineer who enjoys building products people love. Jono has been working with computers since he was a teenager, founded 2 startups after college, was a product designer at Disqus, and has started another company, Wanderium, a smart all-in-one travel assistant.
84 minutes | Dec 6, 2019
Tarryn Marcus, Director of Demand Generation
In this episode, I talk to Tarryn about her work in digital marketing. She’s been interested in business, marketing, and entrepreneurship since high school — and she’s really good at it.I first interviewed Tarryn over 2 years ago while we were working remotely & traveling together with Remote Year. We spoke about her education, internships, work experience, and what marketing even is. We did a followup interview in 2019 and talked about her new job working for a VR / extended reality company.
37 minutes | Sep 13, 2018
Rebecca Rubin, Marketing Coach
Rebecca Rubin is a feel-good marketing coach for women entrepreneurs and runs her own business, The Pursuit of Fabulous. In this interview, we discuss what a marketing coach is, how Rebecca built her business up from side hustle to full-time, and how she works with her clients remotely - both from her home base in DC and while traveling the world. She also talks about the surprising consequences of being on Remote Year and her advice for people who think what they want isn’t possible for them.
9 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Spring 2018 Update
Hello from Medellin, Colombia! A brief update about the podcast and what I've been up to for the past few months. First, a story about how this podcast helped change someone's life. And a request for you to let me know what you want to hear.Second, the status on more episodes to come and who you'll be hearing from.Third, my recent travels, my time in Medellin, being around Remote Year again, professional development as a digital nomad, and my upcoming travel plans.
45 minutes | Dec 14, 2017
Arestia Rosenberg, Director + Executive Producer + Writer
Arestia Rosenberg is a filmmaker and writer with 10+ years experience in major motion pictures/television, advertising, and creative direction in media. She was a member of Remote Year’s third group, Cousteau, and is working on a new documentary about Tiny Toones, a hip hop school for at-risk youth in Cambodia.
47 minutes | Nov 28, 2017
Katy Fowler, Freelance Translator
Katy Fowler is a freelance translator, working from German and Italian into English. She was a member of Remote Year’s second group, Battuta, and lives in Hampshire, England. She studied languages and translation & interpretation, worked at a bird park and as a tour guide throughout Europe, did interpretation for the European Union, and is now a translator.
12 minutes | Nov 16, 2017
Oh, The 52 Places You Could Go With The New York Times
The New York Times released a job posting: a writer to visit the destinations listed in their 52 Places to Go in 2017. Their Facebook post announcing it went viral, and thousands of people must have applied. But it isn’t the dream vacation it appears to be at first glance.
72 minutes | Nov 8, 2017
Laura Hansen, Graphic Designer
Laura Hansen is a freelance graphic designer & owner of LaHa Design. She was a member of Remote Year’s second group, Battuta, and now lives in Columbus, Ohio. In this interview, we discuss her education at SCAD, her work at advertising agencies in Dallas and New York, going freelance and founding LaHa Design, and case studies of several of her projects, including the Remote Year Battuta Yearbook.
62 minutes | Oct 28, 2017
Jason Piersialla, Programs Team Manager at Remote Year
Jason Piersialla, Programs Team Manager at Remote YearIn this episode, Katherine talks to Jason, the operations manager for her Remote Year group, about how he has been able to turn his passion for traveling into a career. Jason talks about how he decided to make international travel a priority in his life. He was able to find programs and scholarship opportunities to give him the financial support that he needed to travel internationally full time. After moving back to Chicago from Cambodia, Jason felt the pressure of settling down and getting a good job with benefits. Jason then decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of working with sled dogs- he moved to Finland for three months and worked with huskies at a sled dog company. After working remotely at a digital consulting agency, he got laid off and eventually found his way to Remote Year. Jason talks about aiding in the overall development of Remote Year, as well as working through its everyday logistical complexities. Listen to this episode via the audio file above, or on one of these podcast platform players:Apple | Google | Spotify | StitcherJason PiersiallaJason travels the world with Remote Year, helping to ensure a seamless journey for their Remotes. He was the Operations Manager for Battuta, Remote Year's second group, from February 2016 - January 2017, and is now a Programs Team Manager. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling to new places, going hiking, and meeting street dogs. LinkedInRemote YearShow NotesEducation Illinois State University, 2013Bachelor’s in Politics and Government Minor in Middle Eastern & South Asian studies CareerMarketing and PR Associate, Uplifted (2013)Buenos Aires, ArgentinaBusiness and Development Manager, Soksabike (2013-2014)Battambang, CambodiaHead of Operations and Logistics, Beutler Ink (2015)Programs Team Manager, Remote Year (2016-2019)Global Director of Programs, Remote Year (2019-2020)Remote YearAs an operations manager for Remote year, it’s Jason’s job to coordinate and execute everything for the group -from facilitate relationships and events for the group on the ground to fulfilling the deliverables of the company (apartment, workspace, travel). Jason was the leader of the Remote Year’s second group, Buttuta. Buttuta’s itinerary was South America, Europe, and SE Asia (1 month in each place): Montevideo, Uruguay; Buenos Aires, Argentina; La Paz, Bolivia; Cusco, Peru; London, England; Prague, Czech Republic; Belgrade, Serbia; Split, Croatia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Koh Phangan, Thailand; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Remote Year 2 Battuta demographics: age 23 - 65, average age of 29. Jason is transitioning from an Operations Manager to Programs Team Manager. As a Programs Team Manager he will train and support the program leaders, rather than lead programs himself.Thank you for listening!The Modern Work podcast is produced by Conaway Creative. The team behind this episode:Hosted & directed by Katherine ConawaySocial media by Kelly BeckerYou can support Modern Work financially via Patreon, by spreading the word on social, and by writing a review on your favorite podcasting platform. We appreciate it all — thank you!Apple | Google | Spotify | Stitcher Stay informed about new episodes & exciting updates on our interviewees. Email Address Sign Up We respect your privacy.
77 minutes | Oct 20, 2017
Alondo Brewington, Independent Software Developer
Alondo Brewington, Independent Software DeveloperIn this episode, Katherine talks to fellow remote year traveller, Alondo, about his career in tech and software development. Alondo talks about how his love for computers started at age 12 when he got a Tandy computer and started programming. Alondo discusses his early experiences working in tech support, and how that eventually led him into independent software development.Alondo learned about Remote Year through Business Insider, and decided that he wanted to have a community while traveling. Alondo is a big proponent of saying yes to things you wouldn’t normally do or think you’d enjoy - he believes that we have to just accept and embrace the randomness and fluctuations in our lives. Listen to this episode via the audio file above, or on one of these podcast platform players:Apple | Google | Spotify | StitcherAlondo BrewingtonAlondo 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.EmailWebsiteTheCocaNomadLinkedInFacebookTwitter Instagram MediumShow NotesEducationSouthern Polytechnic State University, 1998Georgia State University - J. Mack Robinson College of Business, 2007MBACareerSenior Application Developer, Lyrasis Inc. (1994-1997)Senior Application Developer, Solinet (1996-1999)Senior Programmer, Southeastern Library Network (1997-1999)Database Team Leader, Haas Publishing Company (1999-2001)Database Team Leader, HPCi (1999-2001)Practice Support Analyst, PHJW (2004-2005)Consultant, ClarityMatters Inc. (2004-2005)Web Developer (contractor), Atlanta Public Schools (2005-2010)Principle Consultant, Prescient Technologies (2004-2010)Mobile Application Developer, Team Snap (2013-2016)Traveled with Remote Year’s second group, Battuta (2016)Mobile Applications Designer/ Developer, DT Squared Software, LLC (2010-present)iOS Developer, NextUp (2018-present) LINKS + MENTIONSRemote Year (and Katherine's Remote Year blog)Shonda Rhimes, Year of YesApartmentGuide.comTeamSnapPivotal TrackerJiraXcodeSwiftObjective-CJalan AlorPodcast - iPhreaksAlondo’s BlogThank you for listening! POST-INTERVIEW UPDATEAlondo 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.The Modern Work podcast is produced by Conaway Creative. The team behind this episode:Hosted & directed by Katherine ConawaySocial media by Kelly BeckerYou can support Modern Work financially via Patreon, by spreading the word on social, and by writing a review on your favorite podcasting platform. We appreciate it all — thank you!Apple | Google | Spotify | Stitcher Stay informed about new episodes & exciting updates on our interviewees. Email Address Sign Up We respect your privacy.
60 minutes | Oct 11, 2017
Chrissy Barnum, Management Consultant at Accenture
Chrissy Barnum is a consultant at Accenture, where she's focused on strategy consulting for large nonprofit organizations. Outside of Accenture, Chrissy writes about social entrepreneurship on her blog, Impact Beacon. She was also a member of Remote Year in 2016.
7 minutes | Oct 3, 2017
An Introduction to Modern Work
Welcome to the Modern Work podcast. I’m Katherine Conaway, and I talk to people about the work they do & how they got there. I am fascinated by the stories I hear from the people I meet while I travel the world working remotely. So I decided to sit down with them & press record. Episodes feature in-depth 1:1 interviews and the show notes will include each person's bio, links, and notes from our conversation. Listen to this episode via the audio file above, or on one of these podcast platform players:Apple | Google | Spotify | StitcherThis introduction episode features clips from interviews from full-length interview episodes conducted with various remote workers & digital nomads, including:Chrissy Barnum, management consultant for AccentureAlondo Brewington, freelance software developerJason Piersialla, operations manager for Remote YearRebecca Rubin, marketing and mindset coachJono Lee, freelance designerLaura Hansen, freelance graphic designerMaya Yette, operations associate for Travel Noire
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