California

I’m excited to say that I’ll be moving to San Francisco to join the startup family at Firehose as a Product Lead to design the platform's online education experience. I'm grateful to be included in this small, passionate team committed to reinventing education to help driven people move the world forward. 

Aziz Ansari hosted “Saturday Night Live” last night; Big Sean was the musical guest. During his opening monologue, Ansari addressed the recent inauguration of President Donald Trump, comparing his supporters to Chris Brown fans who like his music but don't support his “extracurriculars.” “Donald Trump is basically the Chris Brown of politics,” he said, “and ‘Make America Great Again’ is his ‘These Hoes Ain’t Loyal.’” 

Thank You for the Three Years at Greycork

It’s bittersweet to say that I am leaving Greycork on January 1, 2017. It will have been three years since I reluctantly connected with John and Bruce, back when Greycork was just a weekly Google Hangout brainstorming session with a medley of friends and strangers, and when I was for a brief moment in time known as the first intern. If there are two things that being a founder of this company has taught me, it’s to have a smart sense of humor and an endless gratitude for the people who surround you.

An old coach from back in his VIS days always told him that people have the capacity to be 100% committed to only two and a quarter (2¼) things at one time.  If you try to fit any more in something will have to be sacrificed.  For most of us, work takes up one point, wife and kids take up another point, and you have a quarter of a point left to play with.  You can see why competitive cycling is a young man’s game.

Several anecdotes about luck and how Felix was designed

For the people who want to see past the lofty designer jargon, the genuine explanation is we decided on the name seven months after all the pieces were designed, because the name felt right at the time. But as you can imagine, people unattached to a decisive moment like this have a hard time understanding an answer like that. They might describe it as impulsive or even careless. It’s this sort of flawed reasoning over a decision based on a mindset, that makes luck so elusive to some.

Festive Feasts

At the beginning of December, dad and I were talking about skipping this year's Festive 500, an annual cycling challenge to ride 500 kilometers (312 miles) in the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Found ❤ in Taiwan

It took me awhile to figure out what experiences from my trip to Taiwan I should focus on. The obvious ones are the bike rides and bike races. Depending on how I talk about them, these stories can be relevant to only cyclists, and to the people interested in hearing the "dude, we went so hard up that hill" or the "dude, we went so fast down that hill" kind of moments.

I like to think I’m cooler than my dad. Maybe he’s cooler than me and I don’t see it. I get plenty of character traits from the man. Some of which I’m not proud of (being stubborn and relentless), many of which I am proud of (being stubborn and relentless). These are the traits that we’ve let loose and bonded over when we’ve ridden our bikes together for the past 10+ years.