100 Days

Today marks 100 days since I had my last drink of alcohol.

And I feel great!

Obviously, drinking is a huge part of our culture.   We drink while we watch sports, eat a nice meal or head out for happy hour after a hard day of work.

But over the last 10 years, as I’ve grown a bit older and clinging to the edge of my athletic years, I’ve taken a few breaks from drinking and it always had a positive effect.

This includes weight loss, better sleep, less moodiness and a much, much happier wife.  And as the saying goes, happy wife happy life.

This doesn’t mean I don’t miss a delicious glass of wine especially with a beautiful meal, but it’s about a lifestyle change.   One that will result in a much healthier and thus enjoyable journey as I get older.

I continue to meditate and practice yoga – both which reinforce how good I feel without the booze.

And my spiritual evolution continues with more clarity.

It’s not for everyone, but it’s working for me.

Much love

100 Days

10 Habits That Have Changed My Life For The Better

  1. Morning Meditation
  2. Yoga
  3. Reading
  4. Daily Breathing exercises
  5. Tongue scraping and Daily Swish
  6. Avoiding alcohol and/or drugs
  7. Eliminating chemicals, refined sugar and gluten.
  8. Following an Organic Diet 
  9. Acupuncture
  10. Saying “I love you” to Angie, Scout, Elvis and everyone else in my genetic and spiritual family every day – now and forever.
10 Habits That Have Changed My Life For The Better

Live the life you want

I recently read a story about Steve Jobs and his final days.

Essentially, on his death bed, Jobs realized the “non-stop pursuit of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.” He continued that “God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth”

As I am now in my 40s, I’m spending more and more time contemplating how I live from this point forward.

I’ve made some great choices and I’ve made some that were not so great.

Now, as I reflecting on my collective experience, I realize I have the choice of how I live my life.

I know my kids will only have one childhood and I will be an integral part of it.

But how I decided to spend time with the people outside of my family, is where the real opportunity lies to proactively live the life I want.

To pursue entrepreneurs and companies doing cool, innovative things with purpose.

To continue to express the need for humanity to provide food, water, shelter and security to every living person.

To meditate and be present in everything and every relationship I pursue.

Love can travel a thousand miles. 

Life has no limit. 

Go where you want to go. 

Reach the height you want to reach.

 It is all in your heart and in your hands.

– Steve Jobs


Live the life you want

Gratitude

I find myself in one of the most grounded, healthy and happy places I think I’ve ever been.

While the constant ups and downs of life still continue, I have found an internal compass magnetized by gratitude and pointing me in the direction of happiness.

This has not been an easy or short path.

It has not been without obstacles especially those self-imposed.

But as of now, I am in tune.

Much love.

Gratitude

New Beginnings

Yesterday we officially opened our new office at 65 N. Moore in Tribeca.

I couldn’t be more proud of my team and the entrepreneurs that helped us get here.

I started Brad Harrison Ventures, the predecessor to Scout Ventures, almost 8 years ago at a small Ikea desk in the corner of my bedroom.   From the first day when Niko Herman showed up to be an intern, I knew we were going to have fun.

We moved from my apartment into a squatter situation in midtown.   That office and part of the city just wasn’t a fit for us

But when John Ryu, my original venture partner, decided to leave WebMD, we moved back to Tribeca and found a brand new Regus with a spacious one room office at 99 Hudson Street.

From that office, we grew to four people, all of us unpaid.  We started to raise capital and invest. Our earliest investments in GateGuru and Olapic have both paid out significant returns and provided our LPs liquidity.

Then we decided to move to the basement of 47 Murray Street.  The office was really cool and provided us ample space to grow and expand our footprint.  Additionally, our home on Murray Street was super convenient – across the street from Equinox and only about a 1-minute walk from home.

It was in that basement that we built our initial bunker of good entrepreneurs, friends, Veterans and our advisors.  Our portfolio company, UniteUS grew from an idea to a 35 person entity provided SaaS products to help coordinate care in the human and health services sectors including Veterans.  Greensbury grew from an idea into an operating company with CEO, Ted Hopper, my old friend and colleague from AOL. We have also incubated a few other startups to include AssurelyAssurely, PortfolioWatch, MercuryXchange and a few others.

Now as we look forward to the future, we identify ourselves as investors, co-builders, and entrepreneurs.   We are now in the process of raising Fund III.  We have never been more excited about the future.  Our next step is to find the right institutional investors who can recognize all that we have been able to accomplish with limited capital, perseverance and a ton of heart.

Thanks for all the hard work from my team especially Brendan Syron, Dan Brillman and Andrew Price for helping me with the move in more ways than one.

My success is nothing without people to share it with.

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New Beginnings