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My Networked Life: Kurt Varner, California, United States

Meet Kurt Varner. His dream is to build a start up…but in order to do so…he has chosen to save money by living from his car in California's Silicon Valley. Learn more about Kurt's true story.

My Networked Life: True Stories from a Connected World is a documentary-style video series that takes you around the world for a look at how young professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and students are using connected technology to achieve goals and realize dreams.  These stories are personal, they are real and they are powerful. #networkedlife

Kurt Varner, California, United States
"My phone is like a limb for me…and that's just the world we live in."
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Full Transcript:

Living in a car is, uh, it kind of wears on you a little bit. I quit my job as a flight test engineer which was very secure, and it paid a high salary, to basically make no money and pursue a startup. That was definitely a little scary to take that kind of risk, but what was even more scary to me was to imagine waking up at the end of my career and realizing I never worked on anything I cared about or I enjoyed, so I knew it was time for a change.

Six weeks ago I came up from Los Angeles to the Bay Area. I'm living from my car because my wife is currently living and working in LA, and it wasn't possible for us to rent two apartments. Two days before I moved up here, I wrote a blog post, and to my surprise it really got a lot of visibility. My phone is like a limb for me, and it's like something out of a crazy, crazy movie, right? Like, and that's the world that we live in, like its nuts!

I really want to develop a mobile application that can reach a lot of people and kind of change how people interact in their daily lives. One of the big benefits of always being connected is the ability to work really form anywhere. I can be working on the train, or up in San Francisco from a coffee shop, or in the Hacker Dojo Mountain View, which is a co-working space. It gives me stable internet and a place to cook food every day. This is a pretty typical lunch for me, I got bread and then tuna salad pre-prepared. I don't have a refrigerator, so this is pre-packed and I just squeeze the tuna onto the bread, haha, works for me!

 I definitely don't think that I would be able to be living up here, if my wife and I weren't able to connect everyday like we do. We're talking on the phone several times a day, and we video chat. I'm not exactly sure what the future holds for me. I think that that's one of the exciting parts about being an entrepreneur, I don't know where I will be two months from now, but that's actually one of the things that I love about this lifestyle.


"Half of college students and young employees said they would rather lose their wallet or purse than their smartphone or mobile device.'" - Cisco Connected World Technology Report