GENIUS STEALS: Year One

Starting a company while planning a wedding while living on the road

(That’s nearly 700 days, for those of you counting.)

YEAR ZERO — January 2013

This was the key to the after party

But it started to wear us out. The default — and seemingly only acceptable response — to the question “How are you?” was “busy”.

When Faris proposed to Rosie on January 3rd 2013, [on top of a pyramid in Belize] he made a further proposition — that he sell his equity in the agency, she quit her job, and they’d take a break to travel the world.

Here is a random huge buddha. He has big earlobes because he used to be a rich prince and they wore big earrings but then he took them out.

We planned to decide where to live, factoring lifestyle, weather, work. But if you’re reading this now, you’ll know that we never made that decision.

Faris was the creativity correspondent of the creative braintrust: double creative!

We giggled, toasted ourselves and in hushed voices discussed: What if we didn’t go back to the agency world? What if we didn’t settle down? What if we planned another big trip and did this again?

YEAR ONE — 2014

Starting a company means you have to do all of that, you have to be everything. It’s not easy, nor obvious, especially if you are a global micro business with no fixed abode.

This is a start-up we advise. It has raised a couple of rounds of funding. It is founded on thinking that we strongly believe in about ideas being new non-obvious combinations.
This is Faris on a conference call with a client from our place in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

We warmed to the idea that we were technomads.

This is the first episode on the future present of health that Rosie is in.
These are some of our beliefs, which live as reminders on the back of our business cards

We learned a lot. A lot, a lot.

YEAR TWO

Are we busy?
I guess, but we’d never put it that way — we’re just having fun.

This is us looking up at you.

Hello! I'm Faris. I'm looking for the awesome. Founder/Genius Steals. Itinerant Strategist//Speaker. Author of Paid Attention.

Hello! I'm Faris. I'm looking for the awesome. Founder/Genius Steals. Itinerant Strategist//Speaker. Author of Paid Attention.