First, I encourage you to view this site from a computer, not a phone. I get that’s it’s somewhat limiting and likely not the best strategy for engagement these days, but I designed it in this manner to create the best viewing experience, not to maximize audience.
Why “To Ride Is To Think?” Over the years I’ve discovered that I actually experience my deepest thinking when I’m riding my bike or running in our magnificent trail system. It’s the only time I really get each day for creative thought and I’ve come to both crave & cherish it not just for the physical rewards, but for my mental health as well. It’s a rare day that I’m home here in Boise when I don’t spend some time up on our trails.
I’m part of a truly remarkable group of human beings at Techstars where we’re empowering entrepreneurs worldwide with the resources to build successful businesses wherever they want to live. I’ve been around fast-growing businesses for more than a quarter century now and I’ve never seen or been part of such a wonderfully unique, mission-drive organization.
Prior to Techstars, I’m proud to have helped build Highway 12 Ventures, a special venture capital firm which focused on investing in early-stage startups in the mountain west. I’ve now lived in Boise, Idaho longer than anywhere else in my life. I cherish so many things about this small charming town; none more so than running, biking, kayaking and skiing in our beautiful mountains and rivers. Living in Idaho has shaped who I am today as much as anything else. Exposing people to the wilderness and watching how it awakens something in them that they didn’t even know existed brings me immense joy. Helping people to discover, enjoy and protect wild places will continue to be my most rewarding life’s work.
I’m in awe of the entrepreneurs that I get to work with every day. I’ve been fortunate during my career to have had the opportunity to work with some of the most driven and creative people in the world. To be included in that small part of the universe has been both enlightening and incredibly rewarding for me. I’ve lasted long enough in this business to have witnessed most of the things that prevents startups from reaching their potential and I’ve been lucky enough to have watched companies reach escape velocity a handful of times and make a dent in this world. That’s the primary value I add as an investor.
I didn’t discover my love of photography until I was 45 when I took a sabbatical and spent three months with my family in S.E. Asia and Africa working on volunteer projects in rural communities. It remains the most powerful and impactful experience of our lives and it was rewarding to capture so many powerful images from the trip. Since then, it’s been fun to discover this creative outlet to express myself. I’ll always be grateful to my friend Chris for helping me find my eye, as well as my voice.
I’m married to Pam, a fourth generation Idahoan. Our community is lucky that she devotes so much of herself working to improve the quality of education in Boise, contributing to various non-profit organizations in that vein. She also outdoes me on our trails. She will never know the depth of inspiration I draw from her.
We feel lucky that we get to be the parents of two beautiful human beings who appear ready to contribute to society as adults. The names of all the pets we’ve had together are related to the Grateful Dead, most recently our beloved Ruby. My ’86 CJ7 along with my skis, kayak, and mountain bike are the only possessions I really give a damn about and our garage is overflowing with outdoor gear. This makes me happy.
Outside Thoughts: The images I post daily to my Instagram account, displayed in a manner far easier to appreciate than a one inch box. I curate these from moments captured during so many memorable outdoor experiences I’ve had over the years.
Inside Thoughts: My blog. If it rattles around my brain long enough, I’m probably going to capture it here.
People: The most rewarding part of what I do for a living and where I live is being able to work and play with so many truly remarkable human beings. Here’s where I try and pay tribute to them.
Gallery: My most cherished images.
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Home Page: Click on the bike icon in the upper left and see the images that have inspired the name of this site.