The Hudson River Valley is a true American beauty. A retreat for many New Yorkers, home to even more commuters. Quick getaways refresh the mind, but more impressively refresh the soul. The world around us has been shaped by forces great and small. Carved deep by behemoths of ice, cut shallow by iron plows, and congested with parkways and rails. The consciousness of culture is cultivated by a different cast of characters – corporate tycoons, underground musicians, little known authors, ambitious entrepreneurs, loving mothers, humble spiritual leaders, and many more. The impact an individual creates may not be fully realized until well beyond their own life. And therefore one must not measure ‘prosperity’ by one’s own field of view. An individual’s field of view is narrow – acutely narrow!
Our personal and professional lives revolve around entrepreneurship and we are thrilled by brilliant companies — brilliant people! We are consistently inspired by so many of the people we meet, and hearing their passion for life. While in San Fracisco we had many fun adventures, made new friends, and reconnected with old friends along the way. Below is a more info on some of the great companies, organizations, and people that we had the privilege of meeting while traveling and exploring the city.
Just north of San Francisco lies Mount Tamalpais State Park, and its heaven on earth. Its a truly stunning place. With sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the bay, tucked away beaches, ancient redwoods, hiking trails, and more, its a great place to spend a Saturday!
When opportunities arise, we tend to hop to it with little reservation. Earlier this autumn, I started talking with an entrepreneurial program located in Estonia and began to learn a lot about the region. Intrigued with the massive change that’s occurring throughout northeastern Europe, and specifically Estonia, we jumped at the chance for a house swap. Our Chinatown, New York City apartment for a great spot just outside Old Town Tallinn, Estonia. Such a beautiful medieval city, rich with history.
The November issue of HOW Magazine hit newsstands yesterday, and I'm quite excited to announce that Jen was featured in one of the key articles! It highlights Baker+Brown Co – our ongoing experiment – to illustrate how designers can take their side projects to the next level.
This past year I had the honor of working with ethically focused fashion brand Raven + Lily to develop surface designs for their Autumn 2013 collection. Raven + Lily is a socially responsible brand dedicated to empowering women through design partnerships and sustainable economic opportunities. They are working to alleviate poverty among women.