Microsoft Frontpage: Back In The Day… Many years ago in the late 1990s/early 2000s I had played around with Microsoft Frontpage as a way to learn how to make websites. It was a pretty clunky tool and I never got very far since the whole landscape was very new and there was nobody to really show you how it was done properly. After a few years of working in finance and fundraising, I eventually left to work on my own marketing consulting agency and had to revisit these skills.
There’s only a first time for every new place you visit that makes it special. It’s been just over a month since I touched down in NYC so here’s a quick recap along with some thoughts being back in the US after ten years.
Time really does fly faster as you get older. In 2012, I was getting sick of working in finance and found a blog/podcast called Tropical MBA. There were two guys named Dan & Ian that sold portable bar equipment online and travelled the world as they did it. It sounded pretty cool to be a digital nomad, so I drank the kool-aid and joined this adventure with a community of friends.
“I once saw him kill three men in a bar…with a pencil. With a f$#^ing pencil.”
There are many things in life that can be truly enjoyed with a group of friends. In between an awesome steak dinner and grams of cocaine (just kidding), there’s a f*#@$%g good shisha. It’s one of the most versatile vices that’s suitable with afternoon tea, evening cocktails, or a mango smoothie. You can also puff along to Netflix marathons such as Chewing Gum, Designated Survivor, or Shooter.
In the beginning of 2017, a couple friends and I moved there to work on a SaaS startup in Shenzhen, China that helped Amazon sellers make more sales, get better feedback, and grow their business. It was the first time that many of us have lived in China and found many friction points, even for myself as a near-native fluent Mandarin speaker.