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Meet Kevin Marlow

Kevin Marlow is a Mobile Engineer from the USA traveling the world on Remote Year 1

What are you working on for the year?

My job this year is with a company named Razer. Previously known for their excellence in gaming hardware, they have decided to branch in the wearable sphere. My role is to develop the iOS companion app for their fitness wearable named the Nabu. Our small team is working to build an app that shows users their daily steps, distance traveled, active minutes, and even sleep patterns.

Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?

I came on Remote Year for the experience and the ability to get out of the San Francisco bubble. I have always valued travel and the freedom that comes with it. Therefore, when an opportunity like Remote Year came along, I just had to know more. At first, it seems to crazy to be true. I went ahead and applied anyway. Next thing you know, I'm sitting here in Europe asking myself why I didn't do something like this much sooner. Who knows where I will be after this, but I'm sure glad that I'm here now.

How did you find yourself in a remote role?

I knew early on that I would need to find a company that would support a year's worth of remote work. As a software engineer, I naively thought that would be easy. I went through numerous interviews, many of which were promising. In the end, I had the decision to get freelance work or join the company that my friend David had been talking about for months. Luckily for me, Razer recognized that our world is changing and that remote work is becoming easier and easier. I joined the team two days before I set off for Prague. Since then, it has been an amazing journey working for the team.

Describe your perfect day

I think the perfect day is one where I wake up not knowing what will happen that day. It is the antithesis to the day where I wake up knowing every little detail of what should happen. It doesn't necessarily matter what happens, as long as there are places to explore and experiences to be had.

What is the dish you cook most often?

When I have a grill, it usually involved a combination of slow-marinated meat, savory grilled vegetables, and rosemary potatoes. Otherwise, I find myself cooking Italian food quite a bit.

What do you have a knack for?

I would have to say remembering directions to and from places. Once I have taken a route one time, I easily remember it.

Who is the most interesting person you have met while traveling?

Hmm, I think this is a difficult question. Most people are interesting in their own way. I think the time I got to have lunch with the Nobel Prize winning astrophysicist John Mather was pretty cool.

Any advice or tips for others looking to bring travel into their lives?

Stay minimal in your life. The more possessions you own, the harder it is to just get up and go. I'd love to own no more than what's in my backpack one day. I think that would be pretty ideal.

What is your favorite spot on the globe for food/people/culture/music/etc?

As of now, I still think it is San Francisco. Out of all of the cities I've visited, it continues to amaze me.

What recent innovation are you most excited about?

I'm only supposed to pick one, but I have to give some major props to what Elon Musk is doing with battery technology.

What is the best saying/quote you know?

"For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.

- Neil deGrasse Tyson