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),, 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


After years of expensive education,A car full of books and anticipation,I’m an expert on Shakespeare, and that’s a hell of a lot,But the world don’t need scholars as much as I thought. Maybe I’ll go traveling for a year,Finding myself, or start a career.I could work with the poor, though I’m hungry for fame.We all … More TwentySomething