The guys I look up to are one step removed from imagination and a few struts left of reality. They’re the adventurers, the explorers, the creators of things that last. They’re Greene and Orwell and Kerouac and Maugham. They have outsized personalities and distinctive styles. They’re originals. And they’ve all failed and worked hard in some ways.
I studied metaphysics in college. Then creative writing. Then finance. I’ve been a consultant, an investment banker, a guy who produced commercials, a sales guy, a writer, a founder, a product guy and many in-betweens. I’ve always tried to tip toe the line between art and commerce, creativity and scalability — form and function in my work. Early in my career there were wild swings between practical and emotional pursuits.
It only took years of being on the road - backpacking through India and New Zealand and Jordan and China and beyond — for me to synthesize my love for the written word and emotional visuals. There’s nothing more rewarding for me than to build products for people to tap into their latent creativity. That feeling you get when you see someone pour their souls into their work — it’s amazing (!) — nothing can beat that.
I’m incredibly grateful for everyone who has blazed the trail.