Futurestay has updated and expanded our product and features. This also means we need more team members to make this happen.

Kevin first joined Futurestay as an intern and has expanded his role as a full-time team member. We’re excited to recognize Kevin and his accomplishments and welcome him to the team.

Read more about Kevin from his interview:

We spend a lot of time bonding over meals. Do you have a favorite food?

I am not really picky about foods. If I have to pick a favorite, I would say Korean BBQ.

Being a global vacation rental software company, our team also takes time to travel. Have you been anywhere exciting?

Unfortunately, I haven’t really traveled that much. My family and I were too busy getting used to the new U.S. environment/culture after moving from Seoul, South Korea.

I did go to Florida a few years ago with my friends. One of my friends is a big Disney fan, so we spent most of our time in Disneyworld. Everyone seems so happy there. I would love to go back to Florida to do scuba diving.

Kevin & Friends at Disneyworld
Kevin (far right) with friends at Disney World

If you had unlimited funds and could jump on a plane right now, where would you go?

If I had money and time, I would go to South Korea to see my family and friends.

How did you get involved with coding/tech?

I double-majored in biology and psychology to go to medical school. When that didn’t work out, I decided to get a job in a lab. I was too stressed [working in the lab] because I had to sacrifice mice every week to make antibodies.

I wanted to do something else, but I didn’t know what. At that time, one of my friends told me to try out programming. I instantly fell in love.

I taught myself how to code for two years while working full-time as a research scientist.

How did you hear about Futurestay?

Luckily, I found Futurestay’s job posting on AngelList. I reached out to see if there was an open position since Futurestay’s goals and vision appealed to me.

What do you like best about programming/code?

I love the fact that I can make things come to life instantly. It feels like I am solving a puzzle, and I love puzzles!

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Kevin at Sculpture Park in Hamilton, NJ

What are your long-term goals or dream achievements around tech?

My goal is to be a full-stack developer who can do everything. There are so many programmers who call themselves full-stack these days, but I personally believe it takes at least 5+ years to be a real “full-stack” developer.

What were you most nervous about coming into the internship? Are you nervous now as a full-time team member?

Even though I coded for two years, I had never worked with other programmers. I had never received feedback from other people about my coding skills.

I was really nervous at first and had imposter syndrome. I was afraid of breaking things, but my co-workers were very helpful. I was able to get used to things quickly. I still believe I have more to learn, but I feel more confident now.

What are some of the skills you learned at Futurestay?

I learned how to use complicated APIs like the ones from Weebly. I also learned how to work with other people to make the best UI/UX for the users (thanks to Abbi!).

I also learned that nothing is impossible.

Sree always told me this whenever I was stuck, and he was always right. I also learned new technologies, like PHP, MYSQL, Logging, writing tests, etc.

What are you most excited about?

I am most excited about the bright future of this company. I am certain that Futurestay will grow quickly because we have a team of intelligent, hard-working people.