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A Quick Update to Start 2016


A few notes to start 2016… After 5 years living a fairly nomadic life, I finally set some roots and moved back to my old stomping grounds, Queen Anne in Seattle (an awesome place to live), on August 1st. If you haven’t talked to me personally and you don’t read Geek Estate (there is no reason to if you’re not in the real estate industry), you likely don’t know I’ve been consulting for Homely / StreetAdvisor for the past few months (since June). We’ve been spending our effort getting new reviews for the best neighborhoods in Seattle & cities in the surrounding area such as Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond and working on a site redesign. I’m still … Continue reading

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Inspiration is for Amateurs

Via Arnold Waldstein: Inspiration is for amateurs – the rest of us just show up and get to work. I agree, and love that quote. It’s plays into the fact I don’t think there is an inspiration problem in travel in need of solving.

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When Money Becomes Not Real


I watched the following TEDx talk by Adam Carroll this morning. The topic? Money when it’s not “real”. Cash is tangible. You can hold it. If you spend it, you don’t have it anymore. Credit cards, less so. You swipe, and digitally you have more debt you need to pay off at some point in the future. But, 10 minutes later, you can go to a different store and go farther into debt. The next iteration is digital payments. Apple Pay. Tap, and be done. I’ve long worried about what will happen to consumer debt once you can put a $100, or $1000, transaction onto your credit card in less than 1 second by swiping your … Continue reading

7 Words to Describe Yourself

I read GothamGal’s post this morning about the 7 words you would use to describe yourself. For me? How about… Loyal, driven, passionate, honest, travel-obsessed, community-minded, curious. What about for you?

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Can Technology Make Someone More Empathetic?


From Wikipedia: Empathy is the capacity to understand what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference, ie, the capacity to place oneself in another’s shoes From my perspective, increasing empathy is one of the most important aspects of improving the world. Without empathy, people are not likely to spend much time or money helping others. Without empathy, people will go on living their lives with no regard to others, shaming people left and right without regard to the damage that does. More cyberbullying. Humiliation. Shaming. See Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk on this topic: How do we increase empathy? Nicholas Kristof wrote about this topic earlier this year, saying: Let’s encourage student service … Continue reading

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Do You Gossip?

If so, you’re wasting your time on shit that doesn’t matter. There are far better things to do with your life than worry about other people’s drama. [via The One Effect]

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What’s Your Dream Company?

I was just going through the sign up process of Poachable to see how they approach the user experience, given there are some high level similarities between hidden inventory of employees that are only poachable by the right trusted companies/roles and the hidden inventory of places to stay, only available within highly trusted networks (what we are focused on at Horizon). Here’s the first screen: What’s my dream company? That’s a tricky one. I of course know my email, and that my dream role would either be VP of Business Development or Product (or CEO) — but when it comes to my dream company, I really have no idea. Granted, the reason behind that is I’m working on my own startup, Horizon, and … Continue reading

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