Resuming Operations May 10, 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

US Presidential Race “Interesting Enough” to Return from Nepal Early

After 10 weeks of travels in Nepal with little-to-no internet connection and a considerable helping of fear & loathing, Donald Trump has won the Republican race for President.
I’ve taken this development as a sign that it is time to come down from the mountain. We already had the best half of the Clinton administration… there is no need to go back there, again.


Manang, Nepal, Gangapurna Lake, & Annapurna III

Global Search Begins

Today we embark on a global search to identify the next generation of transformative commercial products or services.

We will use the power of experimentation to create, test, and validate new products and services at a pace paralleled by the startup industry — and we’re thrilled to begin taking pre-orders this month!

This global challenge has already begun in Kathmandu and will continue to move west over the next several days. To submit your idea for a new product or service, click here.

While our challenge is more conceptual at this stage, there are no specific themes or industry segments constraining us. However, we have already developed IP in the following segments: niche real estate, co-working, retail/ecommerce, technical recruiting, boutique adventure racing, and voluntourism.

I am returning to the United States. You can expect to receive regular correspondence from me beginning May 10.

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Scheduled Down Time

I will be unavailable via Phone, Text, Email, Slack and Twitter from February 26, 2016 – July 1, 2016.

Thank you for your patience during this scheduled maintenance period.

If you need to reach me, you may send a message via passenger pigeon or other means to the following location:

Musing in Jackson

Spent most of today going through Seth Godin’s Freelancing course. It was pretty solid. Definitely gets your brain refocused on brand building and story telling. Overall it was a good waste of time.

After today I’ll be packing up and driving for the next week or so. It’s about time to relieve the Phoenix storage unit of its goods. After shopping around a bit, any sort of move that required hiring respectable individuals was going to be over a thousand dollars… which leaves me picking up the Chevy in Salt Lake City before I roll down to Phoenix and rent a U-Haul Trailer for a price of approximately one hundred dollars.

Once I’d sufficiently filled my head with information for the day, I broke north just in time to capture a fairly epic, impromptu photoshoot of the Abacus parked in front of “The Bahn” famous from several pictures you can find of Jackson Hole.

Abacus 200000

On July 28, I peeled out of Salt Lake City on my way to Jackson, WY. I’d spent the last few days trying to find a place to live. There weren’t that many options and the houses that were available were well overpriced. The rental market in Salt Lake, at least in the Sugarhouse area, has surged out of control in the last few years.

The Abacus has served the last 8 years as my faithful boogie van. Before Salt Lake, we traveled from Las Vegas, San Francisco, Bishop CA, back to Jackson and out to Denver after originating in Phoenix for this July’s King of the Road derby.

Shortly after departing Salt Lake on the 28th, a major milestone was reached: Abacus 200000

I’m hunkered down at Spark Jackson Hole where I can get some real focus on the projects I have in the works. Sticking to a tight daily budget has been essential on this trip: no luxury accommodations in Jackson for me. Camping under the Grand is just as good as any five star hotel.