A world in contrast: Colombia, the UK, & the US

Seven weeks of travel in the past ten weeks spread across three trips to the UK & France, within Colombia, and 9 days in New York, has left lasting impressions on the current differences in outlook and sentiment in the world today.  The hot button issue everywhere is the rising cost of living, but each place … More A world in contrast: Colombia, the UK, & the US

The Pizza Paraiso NFT Collection 2022, and why Small Businesses <3 NFTs

This tweet is funny because it’s true. My old neighborhood of Williamsburg, the now-gentrified, formerly hipster neighborhood in Brooklyn is today the unofficial capital of Web3, and represents a caricature of all the memes (good and bad) about crypto and Web3. But I don’t think it’s funny because it’s ridiculous; quite the opposite, I think … More The Pizza Paraiso NFT Collection 2022, and why Small Businesses <3 NFTs

Am I a writer?

I do many things well, but few things excellently. In so many aspects of my life I feel like I get 90% of the way to achieving something great, but struggle to get to 100%. Fortunately, in other people’s minds my 90% looks great – succeeding at Fordham, at JPMorgan, and now with Mesa Salvaje/Pizza … More Am I a writer?

The upside is there for the taking.

We live in an age of Kickstarter, Patreon, Substack, Shopify+Etsy, Twitch, Anchor+Spotify, TikTok, ProductHunt, AngelList, and new Web3 creator tools like NFT platforms (OpenSea, Rarible, KnownOrigin, FTX, and soon to be Coinbase), Mirror.xyz, and DAOs.  We live in an age where there are insane amounts of capital looking to be invested in people doing interesting … More The upside is there for the taking.

Restaurants. A not-so-bad Business. Who knew? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

To paraphrase Nick Kokonas, the co-founder of Alinea: “Everyone says running a restaurant is not a good business. But if it’s not a good business, why do so many people do it?”.  Nick Kokonas After founding and running Mesa Salvaje for 2 and a half years, and having bought a pizzeria nearly a year ago, and having watched KC … More Restaurants. A not-so-bad Business. Who knew? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Franklin, Keynes, and Humboldt

I recently added Alexander von Humboldt to my list of personal heroes alongside John Maynard Keynes and Benjamin Franklin after finishing The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt. These giants among men, who in their time were rightly celebrated for changing the course of world history, lived incredible lives in which they contributed … More Franklin, Keynes, and Humboldt