Passionate about innovation and creation, learning and progress, travel and exploration
I traded my nascent career in finance for a life focused on learning new skills, living in new places, pursuing adventure, and exploring my passions.
In 2014 I moved to Shanghai and studied two semesters each at ECNU and Fudan University respectively. While nowhere near fluent, my Chinese is decent: it's comfortably functional and I have numerous real friends and business contacts with whom I’ve only ever spoken Chinese. I often get asked how to get started, so I’ll be sharing my own methods for effective language learning here soon.
My main focus at the moment is the expansion of all-natural super-product Migraine Escape. I am also co-founder of Dengpao Media, which offers translation and marketing services for Western brands wanting to reach a Chinese-speaking audience.
Also in the pipeline is Aoye, a platform that brings hand-picked streetwear brands from Asia to the rest of the world.
Writing & Photography
My ultimate goals lie in replacing existing education systems provided by government with a new type of outstanding education.
I see a values-driven education system as the best way to solve many of the most pressing issues facing the developed and developing worlds, including income inequality, environmental sustainability and the pursuit of happiness.
In the long-term, I’d like to build a portfolio of enterprises and projects akin to the Need/Want model. I'm primarily interested in ventures that relate to the following themes:
Destruction of monopolies & the power of corporatism
Re-skilling of the individual
Location independent lifestyles
Food & waste systems
Creativity for creativity’s sake
Fed up with gym culture and wanting to take a more natural and humble route to physical well-being, I got into calisthenics late 2015.
Over the past 2 years I’ve found myself naturally gravitating towards more spiritual concepts and practices such as meditation and mindfulness.
Music, art and design
In 2016 I started re-awakening my creative side after neglecting it for 10+ years. It started with designing clothes-related stuff and messing around translating western songs into Chinese. I now find myself freestyle rapping & writing lyrics in my spare time.
It's cliche but exploring the world is one of my favourite things to do. My favourite destinations include Berlin, Tokyo, Ubud and Taipei.
I’m always keen to meet people with mutual interests and a similar approach to life.
If you are interested in sharing ideas or working together then I'd love to hear from you. You can reach me via email or various social media.