Journal

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. 

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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.

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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.

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Apples

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.

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A Quest for Cobbles (Part 3)

Brian and I slept on the foldout IKEA couch in the IKEA furnished living room, while the Bentel and Goguely brothers slept on an IKEA bunk bed and IKEA mattress in the IKEA furnished bed room across from the IKEA furnished kitchen.

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A Quest for Cobbles (Part 2)

We woke up the next morning just as the bakeries opened in Paris. After kitting up and prepping our bikes, Ms. Goguely took a photo of us together in front of the apartment. We pedaled down the Paris streets to the train station about 6 miles away. Dodging traffic and pedestrians in Paris is one way to wake you up.

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A Quest for Cobbles (Part 1)

It’s tough to believe that Lukas, Nikolas, Brian, Jules, Emile and I rode in France and Belgium, through cobbled roads, dirt paths, mountain passes, city streets, highways, and forests every day for the entire month of June (maybe there was a rest day here and there). Even tougher to believe that I flew myself and my bike over there in not even 48 hours after my college graduation.

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