In a New York State of Mind

I spent the past few days celebrating the city’s startup ecosystem. Did you know that, of the top ten companies on CNBC’s latest disruptor list, four are based in New York, three are from China, and just one (AirBnB) is from the Bay Area? Software is, indeed, eating the world and creating opportunities everywhere.

New York is very special to me. It is the place where I found myself as a writer and as a man. I finally found a place to belong.  While I live in San Francisco, unlike Tony Bennett, I left my heart in the Big Apple.  Continue reading “In a New York State of Mind”

Big Sur to Pittsburgh to Big Apple: What a week!

It has been quite a whirlwind of a week. Last weekend I was in Big Sur, celebrating (and officiating) the wedding of my dear friend Steve Jang and his lovely bride, Margaret DesGaines. It also meant an opportunity to enjoy the rugged beauty of Big Sur and the California coastline. A week later, I was up in Napa, to spend what was a relaxing weekend with a handful of friends to celebrate my 50th birthday. Instead, Matt (Mullenweg) surprised me by a (almost a) surprise party (first in 50 years) with collection of some of my closest friends. That was the best gift ever – plus to have it in my favorite spot in the wine country – Bottega of Yountville was even more amazing. Continue reading “Big Sur to Pittsburgh to Big Apple: What a week!”