Co-founder of homepolish and founder of the current museum of art
What do you do? Tell us a little bit more about your business.
I'm an entrepreneur, most recently the co-founder of Homepolish and founder of The Current Museum of Art. Homepolish is a new take on interior design (The NYT does a nice job explaining), and The Current is a non-profit museum devoted to digital art (Forbes). I'm also a general partner at Trail Mix Ventures.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
The ability to inspire creativity, increase beauty in people's lives, and foster talented teams.
WHAT IS THE STRANGEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE AS AN ENTREPRENEUR?
At Homepolish I had a no-printer, no-paper policy. Not only is it good for the environment and data organization (particularly for when we fundraised – every one of our thousands of legal docs were online), but it leads to a cleaner office, lower trash/recycling bills, more collaboration (via google doc comments), and helps everyone streamline their data consumption and processing habits.
WHAT ENTREPRENEURIAL HACKS HAVE YOU DEVELOPED TO STAY FOCUSED AND PRODUCTIVE DAY-TO-DAY?
Trello lists (with columns for "To Discuss", "Doing", and "Done), MixMax for email, Pocket for stashing articles to read later and avoid distraction, military email, and turning off my phone during time off.
WHO HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST INSPIRATION?
David Bowie. He was a creative powerhouse through-and-through and unafraid to embrace commerce (ex: Bowie Bonds) while endlessly evolving. In his words, "my policy has been that as soon as a system or process works, it's out of date."
IF YOU COULD OFFER A FIRST-TIME ENTREPRENEUR ONLY ONE PIECE OF ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Before diving into a new business, find a way to make sure people will take out their credit cards to buy what you're selling.