I'm somewhat of a paradox. I'm a dreamer and romantic but also
pragmatic. I find myself easily restless, but also love to stay put
for a while and develop a strong sense of community. And yes i can
be a nerd, but the kind people generally find endearing rather than
pick on. Overall, I'm an optimist, and have a hard time not
savoring the moment or seeing the beauty in the small things.
I'm a junkie for hiking, camping, skiing, climbing, and surfing,
and look for any opportunity to get outside. While I love nothing
more than the deep wilderness, I crave the energy and excitement of
the city and am at home in both places
What I’m doing with my life
While I was on the career diplomat and global nomad track, I drank
the Silicon Valley kool-aid and decided to start a company to make
it easier for people to get out to remote, wild landscapes and to
find well-suited accommodation (wildlandscollective.com). Since
then, while much of the Bay's startup scene can be rather shallow,
I've loved the creative startup process, and it's been a true
passion project. I'm convinced that business and capitalism can
make money and do good at the same time, and very much subscribe to
the notion of social entrepreneurship. In my opinion, there are too
many problems in the world to waste our efforts on uninspiring
tasks. I've been fortunate enough so far to be convinced that
meaning and work can go hand in hand.
I’m really good at
Getting off the beaten-path, exploring new places and random hole
in the walls, traveling the world, and being adventurous. While I
love a cozy base camp to come home to, I'm most authentically me
when on the road exploring the curious world with my camera in tow.
Skiing and backpacking have been my lifelong passions, and so I
challenge you to tell me about a ski line or wilderness area that I
haven't heard of. For better or worse, I have the wanderluster's
curse. My mind is always exploring the blank spots on the map.
The first things people usually notice about me
I'm very easy-going and laid back, but if you hit the right
buttons, I'm a packet full of energy.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: I love them but never have as much time as I'd like to read.
Favorites - For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Heartbreaking Work of
Staggering Genius, Into the Wild, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
Maintenance, The Abstract Wild, Desert Solitaire...the list goes on
Movies: A River Runs Through It, Shawshank Redemption, Legends of
the Fall, Avatar, The Motorcycle Diaries, Big Fish, Beasts of the
Southern Wild, Endless Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Music: There aint no music I don't like, and so it's a pretty
diverse mix. Anything with a hearty violin, banjo, or trumpet
currently gets high marks. Some favorites include Mumford and Sons,
Glen Hansard, The Lumineers, Counting Crows, Eddie Vedder, Bon
Iver, Of Monsters and Men, Bruce Springsteen, and Jackson Browne
The six things I could never do without
It's always about the simple things...
Coffee and wine, sometimes together
Nature, the outdoors, and all the outdoor toys I've collected
An adventurous spirit
Exercise and health
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Trying to find balance between the head and the heart.
On a typical Friday night I am
There is no typical night -- I tend to get bored easily with
routines. I love getting away on the weekends, staying out late or
simply staying put to wake up early to get outside. Going to live
music, dinner parties, wine, whisky, and listening for the fog horn
in the distance.
You should message me if
You're somebody who craves adventure and getting outdoors, has a
strong sense of identity and style, are confident, independent, and
comfortable with yourself, are passionate and don't take life too
seriously, and are forever curious and embracing of uncertainty and
change. You like being active but are equally comfortable just
relaxing and savoring the moment. You're looking to get beneath the
superficial and seeking a meaningful more serious than not