About Me

I was born in Berkeley, CA, and raised by ex-hippie winemaking parents. Growing up in Berkeley, I suppose I was exposed to a much more liberal and free-thinking liefstyle than most people are. I like to think it helped me become the person I am today.

I went to High School for one year at the gargantuan Berkeley High School, and quickly moved to the Urban School of San Francisco, a small private school with about 250 students, where (shockingly) I was exposed to students who actually wanted to learn.

We did crazy things like camping out near the Pacific Ocean in the Marin headlands while reading the final few chapters of Moby Dick aloud. I still remember that night, with the foghorns in the background, looking around at my fellow students faces lit by the campfire as we finished the story.

In 1993, I moved to New York City to attend New York University, where I majored in Philosophy. NYU was as much a lesson in living in the City as it was an educational insitution. During my time there, I came to love the city, and stayed on after graduation.

I started work that summer at a now-defunct internet startup, where I was thrown into the dot-com craze headfirst. It was a fascinating time; there was so much energy in the industry, and there were people everywhere starting companies that they thought would fundamentally change how business was done. I learned so much, and so quickly, working with talented, energetic people who were committed to making the company succeed. Over time, our business model didn't seem to be playing out, and it became increasingly hard to find investors who could commit money to us.

After two years at what was becoming an obviously failing enterprise, I followed a friend to Studio Archetype, a well-known digital design and branding company that had recently been acquired by the consulting firm Sapient. When I first started working there, it seemed as if it were The Best Place To Work, Ever™. We were doing good work, with good people. Business was great. Life was great.

It was during this time that I met my sweetheart, referred to in these pages as D. She shares my passions for nearly everything, from food & wine to gambling, travel, and cozy nights on the couch. She makes the inevitable bad part ahead much more livable.

The rest of the story so far is nothing new to many. Dot-com frenzy ends. Business declines. Layoffs, more layoffs, and finally I get the boot.

I'm now working at Marsh, Inc with a few former Sapient colleagues, and some new like-minded design types. I'm really enjoying being out of the consulting lifestyle and regaining some free time and control of my own life.

I was married in September, 2003 to to most wonderful woman on earth. She's sitting next to me on the couch right now, with a cat on her lap, a glass of wine in front of her, and her knee touching mine. There's nowhere else I'd rather be.