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The wonderful world of mobile apps!

I have to admit that my ability to live and travel light is greatly facilitated by the extraordinary mobile apps that are now available, especially for on-demand services.   Looking at my life, I sleep in Airbnbs. I go work at WeWork riding an Uber. I order food on Postmates. Flycleaners does my laundry. The vast majority of my spending is going to these marketplaces and new platforms. It’s amazing and they will take a much larger percentage of the economy than people think!   In New York, San Francisco and London, I can essentially live in any… Read More

Asset Light Living

Asset Light Living

After the NY Times article, a number of you have reached out asking for the full list of items I live and travel with. It boils down to 50 items including the suitcase and backpack. In the carry-on suitcase I travel with: • 2 jeans • 1 suit • 1 pair of dress shoes • 1 pair of tennis shoes • 4 dress shirts • 1 long sleeve t-shirt • 2 short sleeve t-shirts • 2 tennis shirts • 1 bathing suit • 1 pair of sports shorts • 10 underwear • 7 pairs of black socks • 3 pairs… Read More

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Some Thoughts on the New York Times Styles Section Article

This goes to show there is no such thing as bad press. I made the cover of the New York Times Styles section last Sunday.   Unfortunately the article fails to capture my life philosophy and underlying happiness. It does not understand that experimenting on everything, including lifestyle, is the typical entrepreneurial hacker way. It ignores my philanthropy and generosity. It misses the real underlying love I have for my friends and family and their love for me. It belittles my two year relationship with my wonderful girlfriend Otilia. But hey, I am on the cover of the New York… Read More

2014: An Epic Year!

Like in 2013, I spent most of 2014 living with the consequences of the life changing decisions I made in late 2012 (2012: A Transition to New Beginnings!) of leaving OLX (Why I am leaving OLX) and radically simplifying my life (The Very Big Downgrade). However, with the benefit of 2013’s experience and repeated iteration, I started tweaking my life choices (Update on the Very Big Downgrade) culminating with the decision to partially rematerialize in 2015. In 2014, I still traveled too much with frequent trips between Kiev, Bucharest, Zurich, London, Paris,… Read More

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FIAF Pilier d’Or Acceptance Speech

It was an honor to be awarded the Pilier d’Or by the FIAF on December 5 at the Plaza. Receiving the award was the culmination of an extraordinary year. In the FIAF’s words: “The Pilier d’Or recognizes a leading business figure, diplomat or philanthropist for outstanding contributions to the French-American community.” I was really surprised to be given the award. It’s historically been given to captains of industry. Last year’s winner was Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Nissan-Renault. I am humbled that they chose a relatively young Internet entrepreneur. It was a privilege to be introduced… Read More

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Update on The Very Big Downgrade

When people successfully sell their company, they typically acquire stuff.  Instead I gave up my house, apartment and car and gave most of my material possessions (furniture, clothes, books, etc.) to charity in December 2012. It was my Very Big Downgrade.  Two years in, it’s time to take stock of what happened, especially since it has not gone entirely as expected. When I decided on my Very Big Downgrade, I felt my possessions were anchoring me, keeping me away from the important relationships in my life. I was spending so much money and time maintaining my place in… Read More

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Farewell Harvard!

Even when I was little I knew I wanted a dog, preferably a Labrador. I remember begging my parents to get one. They finally saw the wisdom of my request and Ucla joined our family. For 16 years, he was a constant fixture in my life with his wonderful almond eyes and insatiable thirst for life. Despite lacking proper training, he always instinctively knew what to do. He always ran to the right of my bicycle on open roads going exactly at my speed. We played a game where I had to steal a ball from him through whatever means… Read More