What I’m Doing Now

This page was updated Aug 29, 2017. (The first version was May 2015!)

I spend most of my time Los Angeles (Venice). I travel ~40% of the time. My travel calendar lives here. Let me know if we’re going to intersect!

I took a temporary-turn-complete break from Twitter, Facebook and news websites in April and haven’t been back yet.

This page exists to help me remind myself to focus. I optimize my life to tune out distractions so I can focus on having the foundation I need to make the best decisions when the opportunities arise.

This is what I’m doing now:
in order of time spent, not necessarily priority

  • Acquiring and making long-term, non-venture investments in authenticity-driven, fundamentals-focused product brands, led by outstanding management, that make high-quality, lasting products. (This is via VTF Capital and other organizations.) *
  • Supporting and hustling for the leaders behind VTF Capital’s past venture investments, especially the companies I focus on. **
  • Reading, lots and lots of reading. Specifically in the areas of psychology, history, biographies and science. On a good day, I spend more than 50% of my time reading or otherwise learning.
  • Building and refining my core principles.
  • Full-body strength training 3x/week along with my weird food lifestyle.
  • Surfing, paddleboarding, rock climbing, freediving or something similarly physical on strength training off-days.
  • Learning to freedive and spearfish.

Feel free to email me about one of the above topics. Unfortunately, I am unlikely to respond to messages that aren’t about the above.

How Stuff Gets Added

In evaluating adding anything to my life, I try to prioritize choices that optimize for:

  • Low signal/noise ratio
  • Low dependence on non-critical external validation
  • Maximum location and time autonomy
  • Minimal dependence on outside resources (single sources of funding, as self-sufficient as possible)
  • Minimal dependence on a single thing (job, project, etc.)

This page was inspired by Derek Sivers and his /now. I had my one of my biggest nerd fanboy moments when I found out I was a testimonial on his site.

** VTF Capital is still actively investing from our seed-focused venture funds, led by my partner Will. I am focused on non-venture projects related to our long-term plans and am not meeting with new potential venture investments at this time.*

*** As a general partner I am responsible for and wildly excited about all of our investments. There are no favorite children. The companies I spend the most time working with (at their request) are: Thrive Market, Ice.com/CSC Generation, General Assembly, Asana, SurfAir, Ministry of Supply, Stedi, Arylla, Arka, ReturnBase, Adquick, Arylla, Bungalow Clothing, Bow & Drape, AnyPerk, Skillshare.*