I have a unifying thesis to my existence:
REMOVE FEAR FROM EVERYDAY LIFE.
Whether advanced through the companies I create or invest in, the stories I tell, or the social impact and innovation I support, this is my raison d'être.
TO BE AN ACTOR RATHER THAN A CRITIC.
It is better to be making the news than taking it;
Sir Winston Churchill, The Story of the Malakand Field Force (1898)
REMOVING FEAR OF THE ECONOMY, RISK, & FAILURE
I'm a four-time founder with ventures in media, insurtech, membership clubs, and secondary marketplaces. Two succeeded, two didn't. I'll let you guess which ones and from which I learned the most. I'm currently working on several new projects as a founder or investor, and sharing my confusion and network with rising entrepreneurs. I'm also serving as a senior operating partner with several early-stage companies and venture funds.
It is not the critic who counts; not the [person] who points out how the strong [person] stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
THE CREDIT BELONGS TO THE [PERSON] WHO IS ACTUALLY IN THE ARENA
...so that [their] place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
President Theodore Roosevelt, Citizenship in a Republic (Delivered at the Sorbonne, Paris, 1910)
REMOVING THE FEAR OF IGNORANCE, SILENCE, & BEING UNSEEN
I've been fortunate to spend much of my life telling stories—as a television show and podcast host, an on-camera journalist, a national columnist, docuseries executive producer, and I even dabbled in a little poetry and formal debate. I continue my efforts as a digital impresario and creator, and, shortly, will add author to my curriculum vitae.
MY CURRENT THINKING
provided my deeds live after me.
I care not though I were to live but one day and one night...
Cú Chulainn, Ancient Irish Mythological Figure
REMOVING THE FEAR OF PHYSICAL HARM, INEQUALITY, & THE FUTURE
I have a broad passion for using innovation and investment to create social impact. More specifically, I focus my philanthropic efforts on making the world more just, equitable, and inclusive for children, women, and those seeking enlightenment through the worlds of competitive debate, entrepreneurship, and the arts.