In 2015, fresh out of school, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and joined Facebook as a software engineer. A few months later, with finally some money in my bank account, I planned a trip with my friends. They wanted to see Japan.
So I went.
Growing up I’d traveled with my parents but this was different. It was my first time flying internationally as an adult and my first time in Asia. After 2 weeks in Japan, I was in love. I went home and couldn’t shake the draw of coming back.
In the following years, I found myself traveling to other Asian countries: Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, China, The Philippines, Singapore. In Southeast Asia, I found the cities beaming with energy and optimism. In 2017, I moved to New York City. I wanted to see what the hype was all about. Boy did NYC deliver. Still, at the end of 2018, I decided to quit and leave.
I was 25. I had learned a lot and had money saved up. I'd always wanted to start something of my own and it seemed like the right time to give it a shot. I also figured this was my chance to live abroad.
I went to Bangkok, Thailand. I loved living in this country on the other side of the world. The city was a mix of raw and exotic yet modern and developed. When I thought about what I wanted to build, I thought about all the problems I encountered in the past several years. One problem I kept running into was moving to a new city and starting over. And so I started thinking about Quarter Life Crisis Club.