"Getting into nature and being outside are core inextricable part of me and keeping me sane. I get inspiration from the outdoors. It's where I do my healing and can reconnect with the things I care about most. Nature and the outdoors are my guiding force behind everything."
The Best Advice I've Received
"Steve Jobs talked about a good though exercise, which is basically, every morning when you wake up ask yourself, if today was your last day on this planet, how would you feel about what you're doing?
It's not that every single day you're going to say, 'I'm so excited to go to the office and do these meetings and write these reports!' Of course you'll have days where there's stuff you don't want to do. But if for too many days in a row the answer is, 'I'd be pretty bummed if this was my last day, because today's gonna suck,' then change something.
Life is short, and as far as we know, this is the only one we're going to get.
There's a huge spectrum of options in life, and in general, in any given society, members of that group stick to a very narrow spectrum of what's possible. You can just quit your job and move to wherever and do whatever. Seriously. That's totally on the table!"
My Advice for Others
"Before I started Hipcamp, I had a whole bunch of other options and I was really worried that I was going to waste them all away by trying to start this company. Then I met Steve Huffman who founded Reddit and Hipmunk and he put me through a thought exercise that was really helpful. He said, 'Before you start a business, ask yourself three important questions:
One, does it solve a problem that you experience?
Two, do other people have that same problem, or are you just a total weirdo and an audience of one?
Third, will people pay you to solve that problem for them?'
I think whenever an entrepreneur is considering if it's really worth quitting their job and investing all of their nights and weekends and free time in that pursuit, they should ask themselves those questions. Use it as a stress test to see if what you're building has a chance of succeeding."
"I love that San Francisco has this duality of having absolutely the epicenter of the tech and internet space - this supernova that's transforming our world - combined with immediate access to some of the most beautiful nature on the planet."