I'm obsessed with experiences. You can buy stuff, you can collect things, but what tells your story and fills your life is a collection of experiences. That's it. Some may think that view is depressing, but I find it vividly freeing and am a hardline existentialist and Taoist.
I’m a born and raised San Diegan. Although I’ve been to more than 70 countries, I will always have a base in San Diego.
When I was 19, I graduated from UCLA in two years rather than the usual four. The University of Pittsburgh took on a dare or otherwise thought a teenager would do well with graduate students typically twice her age, and I graduated with an MBA as the school’s youngest graduate to date. At 21, I knew my “formal” education was done, which meant I could get onto the real stuff.
In 2006, I ran my first marathon and came back to San Diego to start working on a TV show and first company, BAM Communications, while working at NBC 7/39. I was fired from NBC and had my show airing by the following week on the competing network, the Fox network.
I produced and hosted a few more TV shows and won an Emmy in 2011. I loved business more than interviewing people who did business, as I knew at that point my curiosity was in building companies, not just talking about them. Thus, I put down the camera stuff to pursue my companies full force.
Today, BAM Communications represents barrier breaking brands in tech verticals, and thankfully, I have a whole team to deal with the demands of our startups. I'm also an investor in Plum Alley and Backstage Capital, two fantastic groups that support investing in diverse teams. In 2011, I started Bite San Diego, which became San Diego’s top rated and largest food tour company in the county and sold it in 2016. I ran a 50 mile ultramarathon in 2017 which I do not recommend. That shit was crazy.
But maybe I'm crazy. I run every day, I get up at 5am most days, and I don’t use the word “should.” (That word even sounds bad, doesn't it?) I read the Economist weekly, about three or four books monthly, and listen to podcasts by This American Life, Savage Love, and The Moth. I love storytelling and believe the power of media shapes the world. I think kids are untainted versions of adults before a lot of us get messed up. I’m an ENTJ, that’s “The Executive” in Myers Briggs talk. I relish every experience.
My 4 guiding principles in life:
1) Experience is everything. Live by design, not by default.
2) Relationships enhance experiences: Make ‘em count. (I manage my top friends even on a spreadsheet, so I don't miss a catch up, birthday, etc.)
3) Nothing is personal. (This is from the 4 Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.)
4) "Ruthlessly compete with your own best self," as Friedrich Nietzsche said. (A similar saying from Chinese scripture: "Because she compete with no one, no one competes with her.")