Speaking and Consulting

Choose Freedom

My highest-level mission is to help others choose freedom. There are many paths to greater freedom; we each have our own and they’re all related. Whether your goal is broad and general or very specific, we’ll start by finding places where our interests and experiences intersect, and go from there.

Topics and Expertise

Here are some of the topics that I have experience with, speak and write about, and enjoy discussing.

Kitesurfing • Paragliding • Trail Running • Hydrofoils • Outdoor Sports

Adventure • Adventure Travel • Geography • Languages

Entrepreneurship • Freedom • Intuition • Flow

Community • Connection • Conferences • Events • Designed Experiences

Writing • Language • Branding • Communication 

Youth • Depression • Alcohol 

I’m a proud San Francisco native and have lived all over the city, in particular in Noe Valley, the Mission, Potrero Hill, the Panhandle, North Beach, and now in Sausalito. I went to Alvarado, Nueva, Everett, Lowell, McAteer, and graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Geography.

There’s a reason the pioneers went west, and that California is called the Golden State. A passionate Californio, I’ve explored this beautiful place all my live, and while I know it intimately, I continue to discover new places here all the time.

I first discovered Brazil on a trip in 2008 and have been there perhaps ten times since then. Brazil is roughly similar to the U.S. in scale, population, and diversity of landscapes – and the most diverse country I’ve ever spent time in, with a warm, welcoming, curious, fun, active and vibrant culture. I love Brazil and now have many friends there, and I feel lucky to spend a month or more there most years.

Selling your business

I sold my conference business (AdMonsters) in early 2015. When I started down the road towards selling my business, I had absolutely no idea how to accomplish that goal. I spoke to many fellow entrepreneurs, advisors, investors, brokers, bankers, and potential acquirers, and I learned a lot along the way towards my successful sale. One year after closing the sale, my acquirer told me the following:

“You should give a course or speak about how an entrepreneur/owner can be an adviser to the buyer about revenue, content, personnel etc. while transitioning it all smoothly to the new owner. You have done it as well as I have seen in my career.”

If you have a small to medium-sized business that you are working on selling or would like to sell, I’d be happy to talk to you about the process. Get in touch if you’d like to discuss your project.

Awesome Conferences

I founded AdMonsters in 1999 and it grew to become the leading conference and professional community in online media operations and technology. We produced more than one hundred major conferences in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Singapore, and Brazil under the AdMonsters and OPS brands. Our conference were consistently recognized for their outstanding quality and value to both participants and sponsors. I sold the AdMonsters business to Access Intelligence in 2015, and it continues to thrive.

My interests and practice areas in this realm include:

  • business models: conferences are live media
  • conferences as part of the media business
  • editorial strategy and agenda building
  • building professional community
  • audience and sponsorship

Read on for more on conferences, and then get in touch if you’d like to discuss your project.

Writing

I’ve always been a writer, and I love the magic of language. Some types of language work that I enjoy doing are:

  • Explaining
  • Translating (Romance languages)
  • Editing
  • Naming
  • Phrasing
  • Coinages

Read on for more on language, and then get in touch if you’d like to find your magic words!

Online Media and Technology

I have been working with software since the age of 10, and in online media since HotWired in 1996. I have a deep understanding of online media and the technology required to support media businesses. My interests and strengths in this area are:

  • advertising operations and technology
  • online publisher business models
  • media technology
  • technology for communities (discovery, networking, discussion)

Read on for more on software, and then get in touch if you’d like to discuss your project.

Contact Me

Thanks for your interest in working with me. Please use the contact form linked here if you’d like to discuss your project.