Austin Skyline. Photo Copyright: Scott Poniewaz.

2015 Austin Startup Review

As January rushes to a close, it is no secret that Austin is a hot spot for startups. It is also welcoming more than 157 new residents each day. Austin is booming! The full article from Built In Austin’s 2015 Startup Report shows a much more in depth look into…

The streets of Karol Bagh during the weekly night market. Photograph from my apartment balcony.

Five Things Travel Taught Me About Business

My career started in the travel industry after college and I built up a company’s India operations nearly from scratch, then helped build out operations in new countries across Asia. At times, I wasn’t sure if business was teaching me how to travel, or travel was teaching me how to do business. If you’ve been to India, you know negotiation is cutthroat, and my prime example was a three day stand off in the Delhi offices of a major Indian Airline after they decided to change a quoted fare for hundreds of group seats that would blow my margins out of the water. They claimed there was an error, but I eventually got them to honor the original fares after those long, very hot days. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to 6 of 7 continents and experience life in places like Bangkok and Delhi, stroll the beaches of Fiji and the Cayman Islands, learn to surf in Costa Rica, not-so-luckily be chased by Burmese Military through the Kachin state, and catch Malaria in the remote villages of Burkina Faso. Here are a few of the lessons I have learned and hopefully there are a few takeaways that will help you: