Personal Goals for 2011

Looking back – 2010 was a big year.

Looking forward into 2011, I’m excited to continue working the great team at True and our portfolio companies while continuing to grow personally.   My main goals for the new year are included below:

6 Months of Hybrd-Four Hour Body Regimin

I’ve always been a huge fan of self-tracking data and personal experimentation – you can see my personal fitness data on Fitbit and Runkeeper – but I’ve never had the time to spend thinking about more in depth experiments outside of happiness and easy metrics like body weight.

Fortunately, Tim Ferris, in his new book, Four Hour Body, has explained a ton of cross-discipline health science as well as actionable steps to try out and measure in your own life.  For the next 6 months, I’m going to work through the first few chapters of his book – focusing on basic nutrition and exercise – both for my own health and for the fun of tracking my personal data.

If you’re interested in self-experimentation and data tracking, you should check out his book and expect future updates with my progress along the way.

Yoga once per week for the year

Friends have been telling me to try Yoga for years now and I just haven’t made the time.  Since the workouts prescribed in Four Hour Body are less intense that what I’ve done for the last few years, I’m going to use the extra time to try out Yoga one day per week.

If anyone has any recommendations on where to start or a good place for beginners in SF – please let me know.  Better yet – if you want to take me under your wing and help me through the first few weeks – that would be great.

Blog Twice Per Week

Since joining True, the amount of I’ve written outside of work for fun has dropped significantly.  Both for personal development and for helping the ecosystem, I’m going to actively blog twice a week – broadly on venture capital, market trends, and startups.

If you have any questions or topics you’d like me to cover – either contact me via Twitter, Email, or on Formspring.  The hardest part of this process is creating topics – so I’d love feedback on what to cover.  (This will also include greater participation on Quora)

Two Books per Month

In a similar vein, I want to encourage myself to read more.  You can check out what I’ve read recently on my bookshelf – or if you have any recommendations please let me know.

More time with outdoor sports

My favorite part of the Bay Area is the proximity to every outdoor activity ever – specifically here surfing and skiing.  Growing up, I loved both but Gainesville, FL was really not conducive to either.

This isn’t necessarily a quantified goal – just a reminder to myself to take advantage of the awesome perks of being in the Bay Area.

More concerts in SF

Same as above. I love music but haven’t been to see nearly enough shows since moving to the Bay Area.

Check out my Plancast calendar to see which ones I’m currently attending (and let me know if you want to come along) and let me know if there are any others I’m missing out on.

Learn to Ride a Motorcycle

My Grandma was a bad ass.  She rode a bike from the time she moved to Florida until way after I was born.

My motorcycle permit test in January 3 so by the end of January I should have my license.  After that – its just a matter of practice.


Well that’s the plan so far – excited to start my first new year in the Bay Area and my first new year with the team at True.

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I work for True Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto. We partner with promising entrepreneurs at the earliest stages in the technology market providing hands-on management support to guide our portfolio companies through the challenges of early growth.