But with little money in his bank account and no family in the region, the 29-year-old ended up sleeping at homeless shelters.
While he was able to earn some money working as a security monitor, in his spare time took coding lessons.
More often than not, he ran into difficulties when he tried to locate a bed at the shelters. So he decided to develop an app to simplify the process.
“I started developing an application where you can make the bed reservation through your phone and walk to the nearest location,” Mr Phan told SF Gate. “I think that was the start of my career, actually.”
Undeterred, Mr Phan continued to work on his coding skills and during one of the classes he met with a representative from the social media company, Linkedin.
After speaking to him about his idea they offered him a well paid job with corporate housing and other …