Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Zachary Triber Brown

Computer Science


2010 Fellows

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Travel Locations: Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Nepal, India

Brown plans to romp around South America, including a trip by boat along the entire Amazon River. Following that, he will backpack around Asia. Brown wants to observe and absorb these places and cultures, taking in what he can and hopefully leaving a tiny bit in return. Photography, drawing, writing, and learning languages are how he hopes to catalog and express his experiences. He looks forward to the ‘solo’ aspect of this journey as an unparalleled opportunity for personal reflection and spiritual development.

Alumni Reflections

How did the Bonderman impact your life?

“Changed who I am. Extended solo travel has made me confident in my self-sufficiency, adaptability, and willingness to be different. My Bonderman experience instilled me with perspective regarding privilege, grit, and how hard most of humanity works for quite little. Travel has become a lifelong pursuit for me (now 3x sabbatical years, counting the Bonderman) because it is such a personal growth driver.”

What are you doing now?

“My current mission is to unlock digital interactive creativity for all of humanity. Anyone who can mold a lump of clay should be able to craft interactive pixels — as art, as a game, for commerce, communication, or learning — but we lack the platform to enable most people. Writing code is a major bottleneck. Over the coming decades, billions of new people will become able to create software, and won’t have to write code to do it. I’m working to empower those billions. The vehicle for this is my third company and second venture-backed tech startup as founder/CEO.”