thelastshaun
32Palo Alto, United States
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My self-summary
The movie of my life involves a creative storyline, thought-provoking characters, a healthy serving of adventure, stylish décor, exotic travel, spontaneous plot twists, and a taste of mischief. Best watched with good company.

The most effective test of compatibility is how well two people can travel together. With that being said, here are my seven travel virtues:

1.) Make plans but break them
2.) Try something at least twice
3.) Local people are better than sightseeing
4.) Learn what to say when you toast
5.) Take any opportunity to play music or dance
6.) Mellow days are not days wasted
7.) Enjoy getting lost
What I’m doing with my life
Getting the foundational things out of the way: I live in Palo Alto. I work in SF. I meditate every morning. I go to the gym five times a week. My passport is full. I floss without having my gums bleed.

Recently, I've left my corporate job to start my own business. I help tech companies tell their stories. After working in Silicon Valley for five years, I've noticed that founders, engineers, and CEOs are often too smart to communicate their own ideas. Having become immersed in building their own products, it becomes difficult for them to communicate technical information to non-technical people. That's where I come in.

My job description is an odd blend of therapist, storyteller, and venture capitalist.

Music is the cornerstone of life. I've been playing music since I was four years old and now take pleasure in playing piano, guitar, bass, and singing. Throughout my travels, I've come to realize how much music creates connections. There have been several cases when the locals and I didn't speak the same language, yet singing songs together on the acoustic guitar still fostered a friendship.

Health and fitness keep me sane. During the week, I’ll drag my groggy body out of bed before work for a morning run or a spin session. The weekends you can find me dodging cars on my bike or surfing with the pops in HMB.
I’m really good at
I have an uncanny ability to bring the conversation back to the original subject after we've been going on tangents for the past few hours.
The first things people usually notice about me
Unless it’s extreme sports or the Olympics, I can care less about watching professional sports. I thoroughly enjoy going to live games for the atmosphere and camaraderie, and I'm in awe of how athletes can push the limits of their bodies, but I’m not one to schedule my life around my favorite teams. I’d rather be outside.

I also have the most entertaining Instagram account you'll ever see: thelastshaun.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books:
- On the Shortness of Life
- Meditations
- The Power of Myth
- Man's Search for Meaning
- The Obstacle is the Way
- My Uncle Oswald

Movies:
- Amadeus
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- Shaun of the Dead
- Once
- Star Wars
- Fight Club
- The Endless Summer
- 500 Days of Summer
- The Social Network

Food:
My friends say that I have an "annoyingly healthy diet." Indeed, I do wake up to a breakfast of egg whites and a green smoothie (a concoction I've refined for five years). I also prep my own meals to save on time and cost and to know exactly what goes in my food. However, I still make time to explore new restaurants in SF.
Six things I could never do without
- an acoustic guitar
- running shoes
- pen and paper
- adversity
- Soundcloud
- a camera of some sort
I spend a lot of time thinking about
how surfing is a metaphor for everything in life. For one, it's about knowing when to take control, and when to let go.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
My skills in arithmetic have atrophied beyond belief.
You should message me if
- you currently have a book on your nightstand
- you are aware that money is only one form of currency
- you will join me on a run or bike ride
- you value creativity
- you leave your phone in your purse during conversation
- your musical preferences extend beyond Top-40

If you think we have some things in common, then please feel free to message me and let me know that you're out there.
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