Confession: Writing bios — whether 160 characters or a few paragraphs — takes forever. I started working on this one two years ago…and still didn’t get very far. Here’s what I came up with:
I love audio. It’s more intimate than writing (someone literally puts you in their head) and allows for a different level of creativity and expression. That production/editing stuff that many find a burden? I enjoy it. I can do it for hours without noticing, which is problematic when you’re trying to go from intense hobby to sustainable business.
I’ve been co-hosting and producing two podcasts: Paychecks & Balances (P&B) and Two Guys One Show (TGOS). The former takes a funformative approach to personal finance and career advice for Millennials. It’s been ranked as high as 4th in Careers and 19th in Business in iTunes. The latter is our flagship show which we like to describe as our mixtape. We cover a little bit of everything from the 30-something perspective. Given the success of P&B, we’ve put this one on pause while we get our house in order for the next level of growth.
My co-host and I have invested over 1,000 hours in the past three years between the two shows. We’re now starting to see that hard work pay off.
I’ve managed a couple award-winning blogs, including one that generated over half a million pageviews per month (If you click that link, you’ll find my secret pen name that’s not so secret anymore). In the process of running these sites, I learned a lot about the do’s and don’ts of building a team and a business.
I also learned a ridiculous amount over the 150+ episodes we recorded for TGOS. Those lessons are why P&B’s listenership was able to grow to 4X the size of our flagship show’s within six months of launching.
The goal now is to use these operational and strategic insights to build the business I’ve been intending to build for years.
I’ve worked in some combination of Recruiting & Human Resources for almost a decade. That experience includes stints at an S&P 500 B2B services company, staffing agency, international nonprofit, tech startup and a Silicon Valley giant. I also worked in a couple other industries through internships while completing my undergraduate studies at Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations.
The best part about working in Recruiting/HR is that I can leverage that experience to help folks with their career and job search questions, which reminds me:
There are few things I enjoy more than helping people succeed professionally.
Lastly (for this section at least), after getting a first-hand look at Silicon Valley’s diversity problem, I’m focused on being part of the solution. There’s a lot of work to be done and I’m doing my best to do it. I can’t say too much here, but what I can say, I’ll blog about.
- I like bullet points despite how cold some people claim they are.
- I grew up in Albany, NY (true upstate).
- My fiancee is known to the podcast world as Boobookins.
- My dog’s name is Melo. He is one of the cutest Yorkies in the world. His Instagram has receipts. 🐶
- I used to be a long jumper on my college track team.
- I once fought for an English Award in high school that ultimately meant nothing. Seriously, I just wanted to be the best.
- I’m an INFP.