Things that inspired me in 2020

Oh boy.

The Scream, by Edvard Munch, 1893

Fermentation

Let’s get out the weird out of the way first. I love food and beverages, in general, but I’ve learned something about myself. I love things where I have a lot of knobs and dials I can play with to create something very unique. It’s the reason why I love roasting and brewing coffee: there are so many obvious variables that will drastically change how tasty, fruity, or caffeinated the final beverage will be.

Cooking

Let’s continue with kitchen stuff. Cooking has been a godsend this year. Spending so much time indoors at home means you don’t have your usual routine, where you commute, grab something to eat in your lunch break, etc. I learned this year that I instinctively immerse myself in the kitchen when I’m in a good mood and feeling good, but it also goes the other way around: cooking inspires me, soothes me, and fulfills me in a way very few activities can. Cooking for myself is boring, so I have the pleasure and the honor of cooking for both my wife and I.

The Silo team

Silo is the company that my cofounder Ashton and I started 3 years ago. It’s our baby. We’ve nurtured it from our first user after week 3 of starting the company in January of 2018(thank you for being so patient; using a prototype is hard) to a real operation with investors, users, and an amazing, inspiring team of 30 people that are finding new ways every day to delight and enable our users.

Sadel, my wife

Sadel and I have known each other for 15 years, but she never ceases to surprise and inspire me. As an internal medicine resident in a hospital, it’s been a tough year for her, like it has been for thousands and thousands of healthcare workers around the globe. I’m incredibly proud of her; not only has she been an amazing support this year, but she’s supported countless patients through their ailments. I’m happy the world has her as a doctor, who cares so much about their patients.

My parents

As humanity went into lockdown, my parents have had to stay home for the entire last year, only going out for the occasional walk and for grocery shopping. I miss them deeply and it’s been hard to be far away from them, but at the same time, I’m proud of them.

Reading: History

Finally, reading. My real introduction to reading was when I was 10, with Harry Potter. I’m still a firm believer that the Harry Potter series saved an entire generation worldwide from mediocre literacy. Just like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, J.K. Rowling’s writing didn’t emphasize on the characters, rather used characters to slowly peel off an entire universe you could spend your whole life in. Imagine the power of building a universe, a-la Inception, with no virtual reality, no headsets, no visuals at all; just letters. It set off my passion for fantasy and science fiction.

The Secession of the People to the Mons Sacer, engraved by B. Barloccini, 1849

Designer, engineer. Cofounder at Silo.

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