Where it all started
Well you’re probably wondering how it came to be that I’ve grown to do all these amazing things then crown those achievements with such an amazing website. You’d be right to be interested. Who wouldn’t be? Well kind sole, gentle purveyor of the truth, let me entertain you with a short story …
It all started in the summer of 1967. It was the summer of love and my parents had gotten the signal about three months late nonetheless I was born in the waning days of July in 1968. This was the beginning of my troubled life.
Papa was a Rolling Stone
Well dad wasn’t the swinging type, nor the serial lady killer but he did move around a lot in my early years. We moved from village to hamlet, from Boston to Belfast, back to Lexington, Kentucky then back north to Massachusetts. Finally we settled in Storrs, Connecticut. That would be home for many years but my travel gene had only gone into mild remission.
After finishing University, I moved back to Boston because this was — in my mind at the time — where I was supposed to be. Wrong. I quickly moved to New York during the weekdays. Then I moved to San Francisco for six years. Then it was India for two years. Then Amsterdam for 6 months. Then London officially but really I was in Den Bosch, Netherlands for three more years.
After 15 years of London, my wife took an expat assignment in Los Angeles for three years which is where we spend most of our days currently. Yes, I am an expat in my own country. Which is great btw. I recommend it to anyone who will listen … ask your employer if you can “expat” without leaving the country. Maybe they’ll say yes. You’ll never know unless you ask.
So whatchya do?
For several years in University many of my friends would not have been far off the mark if they’d said I was graduating in alcoholism. Great degree program but my guidance counselor told me I didn’t have the liver for it.
Anyway, soon after graduating I found my alcoholism being replaced by workaholism. This new liver disease was welcomed by my new employer who was happy to see me working three digit work-weeks. Weee. It was fun. Exciting. It was all consuming. I was a business and technology consultant involved in the just blooming Internet economy. It was rewarding and my employer and I both did well through the years.
I worked for that same consultancy — Sapient Corporation (now part of Publicis) — for 16 years. Yikes. Still have great things to say about the company even though the company has changed dramatically since my joining; my role too changed in unrecognizable ways. My business focus for the last 12 years of my employment was Energy Trading and I really liked the creative space that developed in trading over this time frame; particular the physical trading that takes place in commodities. I rose to lead the global practice at Sapient and eventually I found that it was so exciting, I’d have to leave and do something completely different. :^)
My most recent chapter has been to leave my corporate roots behind and walk more of my own path. I was sure within a few years I’d have created my own Facebook and been retired but what has transpired over the past 6 years I could not have predicted. Instead of looking for funding I fell in love of the idea of bootstrapping and over time this indirectly led me to become more and more deeply involved in technology again. I don’t mean managing technology so much as actually rolling up my sleeves and creating technology (well code anyway). I have written applications for major record companies, for fin-tech startups, while adding lots of open source projects and building the basis for my own products. I have not yet delivered my own business to market but hopefully that is next.