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My self-summary
Sometimes beard.
Sometimes not.
Forever curious.
Engineer by schooling.
Used to work on nuclear submarines at Pearl Harbor.
But wasn't in the Navy.
Wrote 2 screenplays.
Started a company.
Company crashed and burned.
Ate lots of nutella.
Wrote a book.
Got a Green MBA.
Started another business.
Had a Blackberry for way longer than I'd like to admit.
Always on the lookout for pants that fit.
Co-Founded a film festival.
Wrote another book.
Have traveled to 69 countries.
Am now Dir. Of Biz Strategy of a large company.
Completely confused and unsure how all of this happened because part of me still feels like I don't know what I want to be when I "grow up." But I wouldn't have it any other way.
What I’m doing with my life
I try to live by the advice, "Live an interesting life. No one wants to talk to an old man with no stories to tell."

Currently I'm COO at a firm in NYC.

Some people at my old job used to refer to me as "Michael Clayton" because I knew how to solve problems. And even Champagne problems are still problems.

I'm trying to travel to 100 countries before it's all said and done.

All in all trying to control what I can control and just continuously put one good day butted against another, then rinsing and repeating. So far so good.
I’m really good at
Writing, high-fiving, trivia, soccer, finishing the food on everyone's plate, quoting movies, using some happening in nature as an analogy for something completely different, finding new music, taking mini naps, firing people up.
The first things people usually notice about me
My eye contact or the fact that I am probably reading something. Oxymoronic, true...but it covers the possibilities
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
I could be here forever but,
Books - A Short History of nearly Everything, The Disappearing Spoon, Drive, Cryptonomicon, Elements of Style, Born to Run, Unbroken, City of Thieves, The Brothers Karamazov, Shantaram, The Boys In The Boat, The Things They Carried, The Long Road To The Deep North
Movies - Memento, The Secret in their Eyes, Man on Wire, Major League, Inception, My Cousin Vinny, The Abyss (going back in time here), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Connery + Ford = movie magic)
TV Shows - The Wire, Dexter, Peaky Blinders, Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, True Detective, Breaking Bad, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Downton Abb- (what, I can't write that?)
Music - Everything. I'm a DJ in my alternate life and I share a Dropbox music folder with friends on the first of every month. It's Christmas 12 times a year.
Food - Burritos, Kousa, Mac & Cheese, Dutch Pancakes (see: crepes), Haloumi cheese, more cheese
The six things I could never do without
A soccer ball
The ocean
Running shoes
My passport
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Life and how absurdly lucky I am to experience it.
Where I'm traveling to next.
The Fermi Paradox.
And how people with weak handshakes were never told what's what.
On a typical Friday night I am
Being intentional. Could be with friends, could be working on a project, who knows. I've come to appreciate waking up sober on Saturday morning more and more, but wolfing down a Katz's Deli sandwich at 3AM in a drunken blur is not beyond me by any stretch of the imagination
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I've never seen The Notebook.
You should message me if
You're a thinker, a tinkerer or you simply give a damn about SOMEthing.