I have owned and operated my own massage business for almost 15 years. Part of what gave me the courage to strike out on my own was my experience working as a senior manager in three internet start-ups during the original dot-com boom (one of which, workz.com, provided information to entrepreneurs about how to do business online). I maintain my interest in and connections with the entrepreneurial world, regularly participating in events like Startup Weekend and Hacker News meetups. I’m also a member of Seattle’s social entrepreneurship co-working space, HUB Seattle.
- Internet Marketing and Online Publishing
I used to do a bunch of internet stuff: developing online publications, building content management systems, and helping entrepreneurs and independent professionals promote themselves online. I now focus on online publishing ventures related to my bodywork and office fitness interests.
- Public Speaking
I have spoken professionally for more than 20 years, currently focusing on Office Fitness Talks. I am an active Toastmaster and continue to study public speaking. You will often find me at one of Seattle’s many speaking events.
- World Music and Dance
I love world music, and I study and play West African, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and other percussion-heavy music.
- Fremont Noodle House Group
Since 1998, I have convened an informal monthly gathering of independent business and creative professionals.
- Book Publishing
My first career was in college textbook publishing. I miss hanging out with academics and regularly visiting college campuses, but life outside the Ivory Tower is good, too.
I love this place.
- Volunteer Work
I regularly help events and non-profits like TEDxRainier, Seeds of Compassion, Seattle Empty Bowls, and similar organizations. For the past fifteen years I have volunteered for Seattle arts events like Fremont’s Moisture Festival, Honk Fest West, the Fremont Solstice Parade, Bumbershoot, and the World Rhythm Festival. I served for two years as a board member for the Seattle World Percussion Society, the organization that stages the World Rhythm Festival. When I lived in the Bay Area, I served as a juror for the National Educational Media Network.
- Other Interests
I am proud to be affiliated with the Johnny Jeptack Propulsion Laboratory. I love living in Seattle, but I also love New York and made a trip there to see Christo’s The Gates Feb. 12 & 13, 2005. I am also a reformed juggler. Until most of my favorite players retired, I was a roller derby fan (and even went on the road with the RCRG to Tucson and the DLF to Austin).
I also occasionally blog on this site about my personal interests.