How To Save Money Studying ESL In Australia

You can probably save 30-40% of your booking with this advice. If this post becomes very popular and everyone starts doing it then the savings are less. I was talking on Facebook to a Japanese friend recently. She’s going to Melbourne and one of the things she will do when she is there is study Read More…

Travel Blogs and Startups

Travel is awesome. It’s fun, fascinating and can be a transformative experience. I certainly believe in the power of traveling. I’ve been fortunate to have grown up with traveling as the norm. For the first 4 years of my life I grew up on a boat sailing around the world. My mum wrote a book Read More…

Should we laugh at Kim Jong Un?

Disclaimer: Yeonmi Park is a friend of mine. Yeonmi Park recently said this in an interview: “Please don’t see Kim Jong Un as a joke … He is killing millions of people.” This made me reflect on the relationship between satire and power. Men like Kim Jong Un (narcissistic dictators) aren’t bothered by killing thousands or Read More…

Living in SF

I’ve been living in SF since October 2014 which makes it about 8 months. Including my time in Mountain View it’s now 13 months total. Interesting considering I thought I would only be here for 1 month before heading back to Sydney. It’s interesting to me because the cover photo for this blog is of Read More…

Startup Mental Health

I was on Facebook recently when Mick Liubinskas posted this piece about founder mental health. I realised there’s things I’ve learned about this in Silicon Valley that could be useful to the startup ecosystem in Sydney so I’d like to share that. It’s no secret that entrepreneurship is a very psychologically difficult process to participate Read More…

New Interactive

This is the first time we’ve published this outside of SportHold’s site. We have big plans for this baby and now it’s time to test it here.

Barbados or Bust – ARC Rally 1987

I just posted this video: It’s a documentary about a three families crossing the Atlantic in the ARC Rally of 1987. There was an American family, a British family and an Australian family. We were the Australian family. Thurston family highlights: 4:20 6:47 20:12 21:13 37:20 44:04 48:03 49:05 Spoilers below The Lopez family were Read More…

San Francisco Update – 15th March 2015

So much has happened since I last wrote but that’s to be expected given that was about 10 months ago. Here are the highlights: Finished 500 Startups in July 2015. I got to pitch for our demo day. That was both stressful and exciting at the same time but I had a blast. Went to Read More…

Mountain View Update – 26th May 2014

It’s Memorial Day today in America. Adam has talked me into doing the “Escape from the Rock” duathlon. He’s doing the swimming leg (1.5 miles) and I’m doing the running leg (7 miles). This has forced me to start doing the running part of our routine which had fallen by the wayside recently. We’ll be Read More…

Getting into 500 Startups

SportHold got into 500 Startups. We’ve already started and it’s pretty exciting. The credit goes to my co-founder, Adam, who did the pitch and the interview that led to the invitation to join. We’re a part of batch 9. Sometimes I have to pinch myself. The people I’m meeting on a daily basis are impressive Read More…

SportHold got into 500 Startups. We’ve already started and it’s pretty exciting. The credit goes to my co-founder, Adam, who did the pitch and the interview that led to the invitation to join. We’re a part of batch 9. Sometimes I have to pinch myself. The people I’m meeting on a daily basis are impressive Read More…