Paris, New York & What I’ve Been Doing For The Past Week

Things have been quiet here lately because I’ve been in Paris for the past 5 days, talking to some friends at faberNovel, a very cool company that works in what they call “innovation services”, and also creates co-working spaces. They have their hands in a whole lot of interesting projects and ideas, some of which you can see here.

Paris was awesome. What a great city. Walking through it made me realize that everything about the U.S. is super-streamlined and geared toward achieving maximum efficiency when compared to older cities in Europe. The way our roads all run straight and at right angles compared to theirs is exactly like the way our language has been stripped of excess phonemes and reflexive verbs compared to theirs. And there are a million other little ways in which this plays out as well. You gain and lose something with each model.

And it was a lot of fun to spend a few days with windy roads and strange phonemes.

Now I’m back in the super-streamlined NYC and trying to wind up some of my older projects, find them new homes, in order to clear my plate for new ideas that I’m itching to work on. (The folks at faberNovel practice what they call “excubation”, as opposed to incubation – I’m thinking about excubating a project or two of mine right now).

I’m also trying to figure out a way to blog here five days a week, because that seems like the best way to really make my blogging valuable. Don’t know what the answer is there, when all of my time is already taken up with various things. (Tried blogging on the subway, but can never get a seat). If you have any tips, be sure to let me know.

Lastly, I’m giving a presentation tonight at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, for a career event that they host once a year (I’m the entrepreneur). If you’re looking for insights into your career and are on the upper west side, drop by and say hi.

More to come…

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