Happy New Year! 🎉 Reflecting on 2018

2018 is all but in the books. One last night to celebrate all the great things that happened in the past year and catapult us into the new 2019 year.

This past year was full of new beginnings, adventures and everything that happens in between.

Spent some time with old friends and made some new friends. Welcomed a new nephew into the family and saw my niece continue to blossom into a beautiful little child!

I traveled all the way to the other side of the world for two weeks to Singapore and Thailand.

Went snorkeling in the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world at the Blue Hole in Belize (sharks, octopus and tropical fish included!).

Started a company (DNA ID) that I’m super excited to get talking about more and launched into market but still in the early phases of development.

And most of all moved in together with my love and partner in crime. I’m excited to be back in Manhattan but most of all what this next step will bring for our relationship.

It’s extremely important for me to reflect on all the amazing milestones that I’ve accomplished across the board in love, family, friends, and career.

Too often these get lost in the shuffle of everyday life, but today I want to acknowledge all the amazing things that have happened and take it in for all the happiness that it’s brought into my life.

Here’s to a prosperous, healthy and bountiful 2019! 🙌🎉🚀🥂

 

Activating the #network

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The power of networks is strong. I participated in a Startup Weekend event with a blockchain theme a little while ago. The week after, I was at the 10th annual Techstars FounderCon conference in Oakland, California.

Both of these events reminded me that the startup community and more specifically the Techstars network is alive, well and thriving.

Now is as good a time as any to be in the startup world. It’s not an easy road, and is an emotional rollercoaster to say the least.

However, seeing people come from all over the world (as far as South Africa) to pitch/participate in Startup Weekend and failed/successful company founders come together at FounderCon, is extremely motivating.