Well, we all want to cheat. In climbing, there are so many ways to cheat. You can do a route that’s been done 50 times and all you’ve got to do is follow the chalk marks that tell you exactly where to put your hands and feet. I can’t stand to do a route like that because I can’t stand to have people tell me what to do. I want to figure it out myself. I look at people climbing Everest—there’s a guy back in Austria that gives them a weather report every day that basically tells them to go or not go. It’s hundreds of ladders in place, thousands of feet of fixed ropes, Sherpas in front pulling and another one behind pushing. In surfing there are very few ways to cheat. Tow-in surfing was one way to cheat, but that’s passé now. So I think it’s the purest sport there is, and the most difficult too. I don’t know of any other sport that’s more difficult than surfing.

This is one of the many reasons I love surfing. It’s just you, your board, and your determination to ride a wave. Wetsuits get stretchier, boards get faster, but no one else can catch that wave for you.

Solid read.

Don of the Dirtbags: An Interview with Yvon Chouinard // The Usual Montauk // http://theusualmontauk.com/don-of-the-dirtbags-an-interview-with-yvon-chouinard/

#BagItNYC and #BYOBag Week

“Do you live in New York City? Then you’ve seen plastic bags blowing through traffic, stuck in trees and clogging our sewers. If you’ve had enough of the litter and waste, you’re on the right track.  If you don’t think these bags are a problem, think again.

[The Surfrider Bag Monster suit may become a reality if we don’t get our act together].

This September 15th-21st, Surfrider is joining up with a coalition of groups across the city to challenge all of New York City to bring their own bags instead of consuming more single-use bags like paper or plastic during #BYOBag Week. This challenge will support the passage of single-use bag legislation in NYC.  We’re saying no to all single-use carryout bags (including paper) to seriously improve our environmental footprint.

We know going cold turkey can be tough so we’ll be there to help you along the way. Every morning during #BYOBag Week we’ll be sharing the tips, tools and action items you need to help you put an end to bag addiction.

Are you ready to take the challenge? Click here to register and then get your friends, family, and neighbors involved!”

S+B: Let’s begin by talking about the mind-set of leaders who are adept at scaling excellence.
SUTTON: Leaders who are adept at scaling have an almost paradoxical mind-set. On one hand, they’re always focusing on cleaning things up—smoothing and clarifying policies and processes so they are more spreadable. They have a clear sense of the excellence they’re trying to spread and of where they’re going. On the other hand, they understand that life is messy, and there are going to be long stretches when they and their people are confused and don’t know exactly what needs to be done. But they urge people to keep moving forward in spite of that. That’s the paradox: They’re always trying to clean things up, but they embrace chaos and don’t let it stop them.
JNRip49NU1 (via khuyi)

Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.

By Chris McCandless (a.k.a. Alexander Supertramp of “Into The Wild”)

This line… “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
— Maya Angelou (via bijan)

I really don’t know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it’s because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it’s because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.
— an old favorite quote of mine from JFK

Though driven and innovative, hypomanics are at much higher risk for depression than the general population, notes Gartner. Failure can spark these depressive episodes, of course, but so can anything that slows a hypomanic’s momentum. “They’re like border collies—they have to run,” says Gartner. “If you keep them inside, they chew up the furniture. They go crazy; they just pace around. That’s what hypomanics do. They need to be busy, active, overworking.”

Finally got around to reading this Inc. article - “The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship.”

Many passages in the article were familiar, but for better or worse, this particular passage hit close to home. 

It’s easy to waste more time looking for shortcuts than you’ll ever save by finding them. Sometimes, the path is clear: other people have already walked it, and they’ll even tell you where it is if you look. Meanwhile, other people – who haven’t walked the path, but want you to follow them – will offer you shortcuts. That’s when you end up getting lost.

this quote is about training to do ‘muscle-ups,’ but it applies to, well, everything… 


I just haven’t learned how to be nice to myself… If a manager talked to me the way I talk to me I would quit immediately.
— A founder friend, ebbing and flowing with self-criticism. 

Running #Boston2014

Today is my birthday (31!) and if we’ve been in touch the past few years, you know I love to use the opportunity and extra attention to raise money in support of Charity: Water… 

But this year, one month from today on April 21st, I’m running the Boston Marathon! I’m lucky to run with Team Red Cross, and so this year we (yes, you and I) are raising money to support the amazing lifesavers of The American Red Cross of Massachusetts.

As you remember, last year’s Boston Marathon was forever changed by the senseless bombing at the finish line, and it was the American Red Cross who responded within minutes by helping runners, visitors, spectators and first responders. In the days, weeks and months to follow, the American Red Cross provided food, shelter, financial support, and mental health services to those affected, from victims and family members to first responders and community members.

We’re all praying for a safe race day this year, but the aid of The American Red Cross goes so much further than events… whether it’s disaster relief from storms like Sandy, supporting America’s military families, supplying lifesaving blood donations to those in need, or their everyday health and safety services - The American Red Cross is a vital support network for all of us in times of need.

But to execute their mission, they need our support. So, let’s rally together to donate to The American Red Cross! By donating, you will support a tremendous organization AND be relieved of getting me a birthday present. ;)

Training has been brutal through this polar-vortexed-winter, but I found extra motivation when thinking of those The Red Cross aim to serve. On race day, I’m hoping to break 3 hours and 30 minutes, more importantly, I’m hoping we can raise over $4000 together! 

Please consider a donation and help spread the word!

Thanks and love,


Special thanks to Dan Fitzgerald, Heartbreak Hill Running Company and South End Athletic Company for providing coaching and training for Team Red Cross runners!

If I was a video game, I would think this is a bug… my health bar is at zero, but I’m not dying.
— A founder friend of mine, battling against the odds. Maybe the most determined person I’ve ever met, and a great sense of humor about it all.

When I was a junior in college, I spent many late nights in the video editing suite of the Modern Culture & Media department. It was a quiet lab, but occasionally I’d be there with another student named Chris Savage.

My cofounder, Dan, sometimes joined me to work on video projects, but I rarely joined him in the CIT Lab. Had I, I would’ve likely met another student by the name of Brendan Schwartz.

Fast forward two years to 2006, and Chris and Brendan started a company - Wistia - that eventually came to be an awesome video platform for small and medium sized businesses. I was an early user of their first product, and then Dan and I became customers of their next product, as the video back-end for our first company, HomeField (now Rightplay). 

Still with me?

No matter. Point is, it’s funny how small the world is, and how some people are just inextricably weaved into the fabric of your life. Chris and Brendan are exactly that, and they’re simply awesome people, too.

So, when the guys came to town last week, I thought it’d be a great chance to shoot a quick interview with them. Despite the funky color (is Chris purple? Am I?) and my lazy jump-cutting, I think you get a great sense of Wistia and how they look at the world. If you’re into the video ecosystem, it’s worth a watch.

Some highlights:

  • 1:14 Chris describes the Wistia Learning Center.
  • 2:16 The launch of their new HTML5 player!
  • 4:04 Using video for business.
  • 8:42 What are the biggest challenges in our space?

An Open Letter to New YouTube CEO, @SusanWojcicki — “Don’t F*** It Up.”

Dear Susan,

Now, in your hands is a consumer product that touches billions of people around the globe. Through YouTube the world has witnessed countless memorable events — from Felix Baumgartner’s epic live jump from space to the more pedestrian “Charlie bit my finger.” Every day, new creators are made, new content is watched, and new communities are formed. In short, YouTube is a stunningly impressive behemoth and arguably the best consumer-web acquisition of all time.

So please, I’m begging you, please, please, please, don’t f*** it up…

[You can read the rest here].

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
— Martin Luther King, Jr. 

there’s a lot of people in the world with real problems and running a venture funded startup isn’t a real problem… It’s a privilege… That doesn’t mean it isn’t mentally, socially, emotionally, and economically hard as hell.

Ben Milne

2013. Hard Lessons Learned. | Ben Milne

(via fred-wilson)

Yup. Let’s keep things in perspective, people. 

Each time we lose a customer, I feel like my girlfriend dumped me AND told me what guy she’s gonna sleep with next.
— A quote from a friend - edited for profanity as their version was a bit more “colorful” - via a post I just published on Medium

I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.
— RIP Nelson Mandela

We were changing things, and we saw from the church groups who protested us, the plain clothes cops that would come to our shows and camp out outside SST, we knew we were making a difference. And while I don’t think we were important, I knew we were onto something, and we never—didn’t make us think that we were any big damn deal at all. But we knew we were making ripples in an otherwise placid pool.
— Henry Rollins, talking about the influence Black Flag had on Southern California at the time. (via matyus)

We’re back!

That’s right. Shelby.tv is live in the App Store again and open as a public beta on web and mobile web…

And it. Feels. Great.

The new Shelby.tv iPhone app is the best product we’ve built to date. It’s fast, elegantly designed, and filled with great content personalized just for you.

Our goal is the same as it’s always been… to be the best way to discover and enjoy videos. Videos that are just like you: edgy, quirky, smart, ridiculous, and sometimes just plain beautiful.

If you have an iPhone, there’s literally no reason not to give it a try. 

Download in the App Store, today.