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Slip inside the eye of your mind, don’t you know you might find, a better place to play

I love the English band Oasis. During their 90’s peak, their press coverage tended to focus on the aloof behavior of singer Liam Gallagher or the sarcastic comments offered by guitarist Noel Gallagher which had the effect of overshadowing the brilliance of the band — the MUSIC. Here in the States, it seems the enduring legacy of the band is a few 90’s hits like “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova” and a ton of bickering.

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But they are so much more than that to me. Being that they are English of Irish descent, they feel a lot like cousins as I am American of Irish descent with lots of relatives in the old country. I feel a level of affinity to their music, their style, their attitude. Every once in a while, I hear a word they say, a turn of phrase, or a lyric and I get the feeling they know me. …


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Pursuing your dreams is the ultimate hero’s journey. There is no better cinematic example of that than 1993’s Rudy starring Sean Astin, who you might remember from my Goonies post. I love watching Rudy for its relatable story of a person pursuing a seemingly impossible goal and persevering through endless trials and tribulations. Throughout my adult life I have had a number of business experiences where obstacles seemed insurmountable. But I’ve always been able to turn on a movie like Rudy for inspiration.

When the movie first came out, I was actually applying to Notre Dame. It had been MY dream, an elusive goal since elementary school. At first, I was a little suspect of the underdog story because here I was, trying to enter the front door while Rudy sneaked in the back. In time, when life started to happen to me, I grew to relate to the struggles Rudy faced as I faced my own set of life challenges. …


Innovation stems from frustration.

In late 2019 two Tacoma business leaders were frustrated by the lack of opportunities South Sound entrepreneurs have in raising funds to build businesses around their ideas and were determined to do something about it.

At around the same time I was frustrated. I had recently moved to Tacoma and had spent the last 7 years making early stage investments in PacNW companies. A few times a week I hopped from coffee shop to pitch meeting to demo day to office hours in the endless merry-go-round that is the life of a full time angel investor. …

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