Meet the Team: Colin


software developer Colin at a Tokyo restaurant


FunkyCorpへの入社をきっかけに、日本で新たな生活をスタートさせたデベロッパーのColin。カリフォルニアの大手テック企業でソフトウェアプログラマーとして勤務後、しばし会社員生活を離れて、アジア・オーストラリアを巡る9ヶ月間の冒険の旅へ。東京にいるFunkyCorpのチームとリモートで仕事をしながら入社を決意し、2020年1月、ついにチームに合流しました。 「旅行で訪れた時から日本が好きで、日本で暮らし働くことで、自分の冒険心を持ち続けることができると思いました。言葉や文化、ライフスタイル、すべてはチャレンジですが、その経験を楽しんでいます」。


新型コロナウイルスの影響を受けたステイホーム期間には、読書に没頭。アメリカのSF作家、ダン・シモンズの『ハイペリオン』が最近のお気に入りです。「薦めやすい本ですね。どんな人にも受け入れられる作品だと思います」。 日本に来てからすぐに自粛期間が始まったため、残念ながら、外出の機会はほとんどありません。「東京の街を思うように散策できていないですね。早く出掛けられるようになると嬉しいです。特に東京のバーを訪れたいですね」。


After working as a software programmer at a large tech firm in California, Colin decided to take a break from the corporate life and travel around Asia and Australia for nine months. He worked for FunkyCorp remotely for nearly five months before finally joining the team in Tokyo. “I loved Japan when I visited, so moving here seemed like a good way to continue the sense of adventure,” he says. “Everything is a bit of a challenge — language, culture, lifestyle — but I’m enjoying the experience.” When asked what he likes most about Japan, Colin has a succinct answer: “Drinking. People here like to have fun.”

Recently, he’s been enjoying trying new foods, especially “weirder ones, like horse.” He’s an avid cook, so he relishes the opportunity to re-create some of his favorite Japanese dishes in his own kitchen; something he’s been doing a lot of as we work from home. Gyudon and classic Japanese curry have been among the most successful.

He also enjoys reading, and has been cruising through novels during the coronavirus-influenced at-home period. His latest pick is “Hyperion” by Dan Simmons. “It’s an easy book to recommend. I think it appeals to a lot of different people.” His other interests have been put on hold due to the current situation, unfortunately. “I haven’t had as much of an opportunity to explore Tokyo as I’d have liked yet,” he laments. “Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see a lot more of the city soon. Especially the bars.”

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