WAYNE’S WORLD

USA

part 2 of 3


My name is Wayne, and I’m a recovering workaholic.

After leaving my job at Twitter, I decided to take a few months off work to visit loved ones, explore different cultures, reconnect with nature, inspire the soul and achieve equilibrium for the next adventure.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA

My name is Wayne, and I love technology.

For the last 17 years I’ve worked in technology and lived in NYC, San Francisco and LA.

After spending a month slowing down in South America, I returned to SF and a world zipping by in fast forward.

In my line of work, we are infatuated with speed (bandwidth, apps, business growth, etc.) as much as apple pie and white picket fences.

OBSERVING

Immigration control at SFO is straight out of a cyberpunk novel with humans replaced by robots and biometric scanners.

As I walked towards baggage claim, everyone around me, including myself, reached for our mobile phones in perfect unison.

With the simple push of a button my Lyft arrived and whisked me off to my Airbnb apartment.

I planned and implemented most of my travel plans with my mobile phone, virtual interactions and the shared economy without any face-to-face interactions.

MEETING

I’ve been lucky and collaborated with some extraordinary people over the last seventeen years and their influence is too deep to unpack in detail here.

That said, on this SF trip I met a few talented folks and a personal hero who changed the way we communicate today.

His humbleness, curiosity and kindness left a strong impression and our conversation reinforced my professional purpose.

Use technology for good to build and strengthen human connections.

HOUSTON, TX

My nephew Ethan celebrating his 8th birthday.
My name is Wayne, and I’m a family man.

SURPRISING

In 2014, I was scheduled to join the family for my nephew Ethan’s birthday; however, the Snowpocalypse had other plans for us, and ensured that all NYC flights were grounded for almost a week.

This year was different, and without warning I arrived in Houston to celebrate his special day. The surprised look on his face is a memory that will never fade away.

There are so many moments that shape who we are, and this trip reminded me how fleeting they can be.

Always make time for those who matter.

CINCINNATI, OHIO

From L to R, Marc Sudman, Matt Ross, Adam Kurtz, Adam Cohen, Adam Dumes, Jenn Kittenbrink James, Chase Kohn, Sofia Cohen, Me & Dustin Callif
My name is Wayne, and I’m a Mid-Westerner at heart.

CELEBRATING

The large mammal in the middle with the big personality and disarming grin is Adam Cohen.

He’s the first member of this motley crew to turn forty and he organized an incredible weekend that was one for the history books.

I’m sure anyone reading this has at least one friendship like ours that picks up right where it left off, no matter how much time has passed.

Most of us have known each other for thirty five years.

We’ve played music and sports together, gotten into mischief, celebrated graduations, weddings, births, life’s ups and downs, and have always been there when it mattered most.

I look forward to the next thirty five+ years with this incredible group of hooligans and can’t wait to see them again soon.

The best friendships are timeless.

AFRICA

My name is Wayne, and I am an explorer.

My family left South Africa for Cincinnati when I was 4 years old to escape racial and economic violence.

Even though I was barely out of diapers, the people and culture have influenced my personality deeply.

  • I’m a drummer and love interlocking rhythms and harmonies
  • I love food, music and exploring cultures through shared experiences
  • I despise racism, sexism and inequality
  • I believe education and economic opportunities can reduce hatred and violence
  • NYC has figured out how the world’s citizens can live together, and I hope technology can help educate, foster empathy and improve global economic opportunities for all

With those thoughts in mind, I set off for Nairobi to spend a few weeks with Patricia Chin Sweeney, the co-founder of I-DEV International to learn about entrepreneurialism in emerging markets.

Patricia and her team are helping improve millions of people’s lives in emerging markets, and I was keen to see this first hand in Kenya.

No matter where you are, your roots can travel with you.

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