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I’m founder and CEO of Yaygo Mobility. We’re a fast, fun, affordable transportation startup in San Francisco.  We have a fleet of shuttles, you hit a button on your smartphone, and we get you where you need to be.  What’s special about Yaygo is that we pick up passengers going along the same route — this makes us affordable and sustainable.

We’re at: http://yaygo.co

A few good links on walking…

Americans Do Not Walk The Walk, And That’s A Growing Problem

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/04/16/150586667/americans-do-not-walk-the-walk-and-thats-a-growing-problem

The Crisis in American Walking: How we got off the pedestrian path.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/walking/2012/04/why_don_t_americans_walk_more_the_crisis_of_pedestrianism_.html

A website to rate walk-ability of cities and towns

http://www.walkscore.com/

My hometown in New Jersey gets a 25 out of 100; San Francisco gets 91.

If Wall Street is home to the Masters of the Universe, then Sand Hill Road is home to the Masters of the Future.
I’m still psyched from my first trip to Mohr Davidow Ventures at 3000 Sand Hill Rd. to meet with our mentor who works there — thanks Bplan for the connection!
Also, thanks to Profs. Dave Charron and Kurt Beyer of Haas’s MBA295A Entrepreneurship class for really putting us through the paces of starting a company.  I had my first real meeting with an angel investor from Bee Partners.  Incredible.

If Wall Street is home to the Masters of the Universe, then Sand Hill Road is home to the Masters of the Future.

I’m still psyched from my first trip to Mohr Davidow Ventures at 3000 Sand Hill Rd. to meet with our mentor who works there — thanks Bplan for the connection!

Also, thanks to Profs. Dave Charron and Kurt Beyer of Haas’s MBA295A Entrepreneurship class for really putting us through the paces of starting a company.  I had my first real meeting with an angel investor from Bee Partners.  Incredible.

It’s 70 F and sunny in California!  In FEBRUARY!!! I can’t believe it!!!!!  What a beautiful day!

It’s 70 F and sunny in California!  In FEBRUARY!!! I can’t believe it!!!!!  What a beautiful day!

Dr. Terry Wahls used a hunter-gatherer diet to overcome MS. Incredible.
(if it’s that easy, though, why hasn’t it spread?)

http://www.thewahlsfoundation.com/
http://www.int-med.uiowa.edu/Divisions/GMed/Directory/TerryWahls.html 

David Arcos facilitated the first part of our officers’ retreat for Haas’s Design and Innovation Strategy Club (DISC) — I’m DISC’s VP Finance and Sponsorship.  David’s advice to “live slow and move fast” really stuck with me.

"Live slow, move fast" is a counter-argument to having "balance" in one’s life.  Often we hear about the virtues of balance.  To me that means everything in moderation and not acting quickly.  David’s perspective flips the concept of balance on its head.  ”Live slow” means taking the time to pause in life — for me that’s Shabbat, for Clay Christensen that’s bible study.  What is it for you? The key is using these pauses to reflect on what matters to you, what excites you, what you want to do with your life.  These insights only come through pauses, through living slowly.  Once we have those insights, though, there is no reason to hold back.  We can “move fast” towards our purpose.  

This concept recently came up at a dinner I attended.  One of the guests told a story about fundraising for a synagogue.  When he approached a donor, the donor said, “tell me your pitch and I’ll write you a check.”  It was that simple — the guest said simply how the synagogue would use the money and without needing to pause, the donor offered a contribution.  Because the donor had a clear purpose in life, they didn’t need to pause to consider whether to donate to the synagogue — they recognized it immediately and “moved fast.”