Confidently Curious: A Journey of Questions

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Confidently Curious: A Journey of Questions

In April, I walked away from my job. In the exit interview, I stated my coworkers weren’t curious and explained that I wanted to work on new and interesting problems. It was emotional and challenging for me. I felt guilty about jumping ship and abandoning a vision I had helped create and sell. My coworkers had become my best friends and together we’d taken the business to new highs. I suspect it felt sudden to many, but my decision to exit was far from spontaneous…

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10 Days in the Cordillera Huayhuash

10 Days in the Cordillera Huayhuash

I recently completed a 10-day trek in the Cordillera Huayhuash range of Peru. Here a few pictures and snippets from my trail journal to give family and friends a sense of the adventure. The Cordillera Huayhuash is a mountain range in the Peruvian Andes. Less than 100km from the Pacific Coast, it rises to to a height of 21,709ft (Yerupajá) and has 40+ peaks over 16,000 ft. The Huayhuash circuit makes a 120km-150km circle around the entire mountain range (there are various shortcut and routes). It can be done independently or with a guide. We chose Eco-Ice Peru and were pleased with our decision…

New Year's Evolution

New Year's Evolution

2017 was fast. It was mechanical, consumptive, and prescriptive. It was empowering, frustrating, and sometimes lonely.

I turned up the curiosity dial and nurtured a habit of reading, listening to podcasts, and exploring new music. Along the way, I pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone. I developed a taste for country music, started reading poetry, and bought a guitar. I taught myself to build websites and became a product designer. I learned what it means to work with a team; how to read body language, how to navigate workplace politics, and how to see...

My Favorite Quotes and Ideas of 2017

My Favorite Quotes and Ideas of 2017

Here are a handful of ideas which cut through the static and punched me right in the soul.  Pulled from podcasts, books, articles, and tv shows, these are the ideas that made me pause, pick up my phone, and jot them down in my notes app. I wish I did a better job of documenting more big ideas and quotes this year, but I haven't fully mastered this habit yet. 

Creativity and Individuality: Unlocking the Positive Potential of Travel

Creativity and Individuality: Unlocking the Positive Potential of Travel

Travel can be used as a force for good. It can evoke empathy, bring people together and tell meaningful stories. It can be a tool for wealth distribution and economic empowerment.

Unfortunately, travel is frequently oversimplified; it is dominated by yearly media bucket lists, influenced by a thirst for social media likes, and homogenized by mass produced itineraries. Raise your hand if someone in the last six months has said to you, “this is the year to visit Cuba before it changes”.

Myanmar, once a tourism dead zone, is now the darling of the backpacking scene. You can sit atop the beautiful pagodas of Bagan....

16 Tools in My Startup Marketing Toolbox

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16 Tools in My Startup Marketing Toolbox

First off, yes, this is going to be a pretty dry post. I would much prefer to write about travel or music, but this is a post I've been meaning to write for a while, so I decided to just get it out of the way. I get approached pretty frequently by friends who have ideas for business or projects they want to pursue but don't have a clear idea of how to research, test, and market their idea. I'm always happy to help someone who is pursuing a passion, but I figured I'd make life easier for everyone by writing down some of the advice and tools I commonly share. 

Everything mentioned below is free or offers a free plan. Other tools, like Photoshop, which I consider crucial are not included but are still hugely important. If you have specific... 

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My Unabridged List of Marketing and Startup Resources

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My Unabridged List of Marketing and Startup Resources

The following list of resources appear in the exact order I discovered them. I began noting every blog post, article, and tool related to startup marketing, as an intern at Boomtown Accelerator in early 2015 that I liked. I've continued the tradition of notetaking ever since and will continue to do so. 

Without further ado, and in no useful or logical order...

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Fleeting Magic on the Río Samaná

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Fleeting Magic on the Río Samaná

The door of the large white van swung open with a loud thud, exposing us to the hectic scene outside. In a small enclosed front yard in the lush hills of Medellín, a crowd of people scurried around stuffing gear in bags, prepping camera equipment, and hoisting kayaks onto the roof of a pastel yellow jeep.

Several photographers from Bogotá huddled on the steps of the messy house, watching a team of workers load dry bags into the back of the van. Victor, a smooth talking, French traveler smoked a cigarette and leaned on a shady wall. In the background a herd of others ran around doing various tasks; two Chilean kayakers, an American, a Costa Rican, a support team of Colombians, and our group of five who just two months ago hadn’t the slightest intentions...

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