- Investor in real estate, telecoms and small business
- 15 years as startup entrepreneur in telecoms
- 3 years “mini-retirement” traveling world with family
- Businesses in UK, Hong Kong and Japan
- Based in Tokyo, Japan
- Ironman triathlon finisher
- Published author
- Radio show host
I’ve been helping and advising tech entrepreneurs in the mobile telecoms and brand marketing space since the late 1990s. In that time, I’ve traveled to over 40 countries on business. Business is an adventure, join me on the journey.
I’m currently focused on Asian based projects, particularly working with entrepreneurs looking to expand into new markets.
We are a team of experienced entrepreneurs based in the US, Europe and Asia. Our backgrounds in investment banking, telco, retail, VAS and SaaS help us help startups scale their businesses. We grow startups through advice, partnership and access to investment resources.
I regularly interview interesting and inspiring entrepreneurs about their startup journey. Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, not just the classic Stanford computer science graduate we’re so accustomed to in the media. I’m interested in the stories of the outsiders, entrepreneurs who overcame significant challenges and these are the stories I share on Founder FM.
We hold regular monthly events in informal settins to help entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. Our goal is to grow a community of entrepreneurs who want to help and support each other, both teaching and learning in the process. Founder Cafe is currently in Tokyo, Osaka and Hong Kong.
>> Founder Cafe
The event is a week of inspiration, support and innovation for participating entrepreneurs set in the middle of the island’s lush tropical rice fields.
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A Little Backstory
Location Independent Entrepreneur
Following a business exit, we traveled the world for 3 years non-stop between 2012 and 2015.
It was our family adventure.
We traveled through New Zealand, Japan, Fiji, Hawaii, California, Florida, Cyprus, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Okinawa.
It was also a mini-retirement. I exited a telecoms business of 12 years and traveled on my investment income. It was a bit of head space for me to explore my writing and show my son the world. Sure, people thought we were crazy but then (as Helen Keller once said), life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.
We lived extended periods on the sub tropical islands of Lanzarote (Spain) and Okinawa (Japan). We loved island life. Lanzarote was a great place for outdoor living and provided a base for me to train for and complete the Ironman triathlon (see pics below). The Lanzarote Ironman is listed by Competitor.com as “one of the 10 toughest endurance races in the world.”
The thing about this lifestyle is …the highs are higher and the lows lower. So, after 3 years of living out of suitcases we decided to settle down. We now live outside of Tokyo.