Here are some of my impressive achievements.
I broke my femur in a football game my freshman year of high school. I didn’t handle it well. My grades tanked, and I was kicked out for fighting.
In college, I chased the money. I chose a major that I didn’t like, which landed me a job on Wall Street that I disliked even more. I left it to start my first company out of a spare bedroom in Hollywood at 23.
In the process of growing startups into multimillion-dollar “valuations,” I failed to value the things that matter most. I damaged relationships and forgot why I wanted to start companies in the first place.
So, over the past ten years, I’ve been on a journey to be a very different kind of entrepreneur.
How can we create goods that are truly good and services that truly serve? By knowing who they’re for—by knowing what it means to be human.
I’ve been lucky to live in really distinct places around the world: Michigan, New York, D.C., Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Rome, Thailand, and Hong Kong. I’m the only person I know who had a brief career on Wall Street, founded three startups in Silicon Valley, and spent five years in a seminary.
Right now, I’m the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Catholic University of America where I teach in the business school and spearhead new ventures in education and student engagement.
I’m the author of Wanting: Our Secret Economy of Desire and the co-author with Dr. Joshua Miller of Unrepeatable: Cultivating the Unique Calling of Every Person. During the day (and many nights) I can be found building businesses and serving on boards of organizations that I care deeply about like Fr. Vincent Capodanno High School in the Fort Bragg, North Carolina area.
I’m a voracious, insatiable reader and researcher, and the inspirations for and influences on what I think and write about come from all corners: from Bob Dylan’s lyrics to a theological treatise by Thomas Aquinas, a Charles Dickens novel to even a Coen Brothers film.
I’m on a mission to make business more human and to destroy the ideological barriers that prevent people from working together to achieve—but first to want—a better version of the future. My message focuses on a deeper understanding of the human person and the desires that shape our world and our lives.
And I don’t sleep much, so let’s connect.