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A Traveler’s Guide to 48 Hours in Budapest

On the morning of March 19, I had no idea where I’d be the night of March 19. We went to the Aer Lingus ticket counter, roller bags in hand: Budapest had the cheapest flights, so to Budapest we went. I knew very little about this city, but now that I know roughly three days worth, … Continue reading

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Where are we going today?

“I don’t mean to be negative, but there’s little chance you’ll be flying today,” our friend the taxi driver warmly warns us. His Irish brogue a cuddly bearer of bad news. “Maybe you will. Better to be lucky than rich I say.” Warning #3. Warning #1. Our friends the Dubai Air stewardesses in the elevator. “Where … Continue reading

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Vatican City – OR – How do you explain Pope Pius XII to a Jew whose family was wiped out in the Holocaust?

“I’m taking you to Catholic Sin City,” Seth says as we wind our way with the Tiber. Today is Vatican City day. I apologize with “excuse me, Sister” rather than “excuse me” as we weave between the ambling Sisters of Charity (some habits die hard), stopping at the corner with three collared priests who shift and huff … Continue reading

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Hey, I can speak (publicly) again!

lim·bo /ˈlimbō/ noun 1. The supposed abode of souls unready for heaven. 2. The frustration of the truly damned: an inability to step toward the next logical progression. Secrets don’t make friends. But if released before the official closing of a startup acquisition, they can kill deals. This is why I’ve said nothing of substance publicly about … Continue reading

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A fond farewell to Avocado. A warm hello to Firebase.

Today is my last day at Avocado Software, makers of the best app for couples and of [redacted], which officially launches [redacted]. I’d tell you more about [redacted], but [redacted]. Seriously though, you’re going to [redacted] when you find out what it is. Avocado continues to be the first app in my iPhone home tray, … Continue reading

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If you’re Uber, you may not want to use the word “Sucks” in your advertisements.

[Update: Uber reached out to me to deny that they purchased the "Lyft Sucks!" Facebook ad. See bottom of post for details.] A humble suggestion. If you’re Uber, and you’ve been banking on an image of luxury and sophistication – black cars, leather seats, convenience at the touch of a button – this is perhaps … Continue reading

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A thoughtful letter to the burglar who stole all our stuff

Dear friend, I imagine that by now you have fenced all $13,000 worth of our electronics, jewelry, clothes, and assorted equipment. Although many have been angry – even wrathful – on my behalf, I find that I can not join them. I choose, instead, to believe in a fanciful story that explains why my fellow … Continue reading

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Modern love. A study of couples and their phones.

A majority of American adults now owns a smartphone, but how do they use it with their most important person? At Avocado, we surveyed hundreds of couples and found some data that may surprise you. See more at https://avocado.io/modern-love Infographic courtesy of Avocado Software, Inc.

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Life post-quitting + taking up the mantle again

I was recently accused of being a Mission hipster. No, I replied. I’ve just been going through a few changes. Around 1 year + 5 months ago, I ended a full time, full benefits, three-year job. A great job, and sometimes it was more than a just a job, but it became a desk and deadlines. … Continue reading

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(Some of) What I knew about Jeffrey McManus

Last night while checking Facebook, I read this request from the current Daily Nexus editor in chief. Hey All, This Wednesday, we will be printing one of our few summer issues. We decided to run a tribute for Jeffrey McManus in our Opinion section.. It’ll be memorial detailing some of his life and the memories we shared … Continue reading

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