“As if Nature had intended to make a gorilla, and had changed its mind at the last moment” — The Code of the Woosters, P.G. Wodehouse

Last December, I claimed that 2020 would not formally end until March 2021. I hate when I am correct in ways that forecast doom…

The long, meandering, and true story of an American’s first experience with Banya

Prior to December 19, 2017, the entirety of my context on the practice known as “Banya” came from the following calendar invite a few weeks ahead of my trip to Ukraine:

Spoiler: the swimming shorts were false advertising.

This remained my only context as…

Rain, flares, and finally, a car flipped on its side.

Figures flashing in front of headlights, dancing shadows cast on the cliffs

A pandemonium made sluggish by the pounding storm.

Howl — howl is the only word to describe the sound of that night.

Screeching, cackling, wailing…

No, howl —…

On October 8, I sent the following email, finally closing a long chapter of my life to date: Fetchnotes, the startup that defined my early 20’s.

Hi everyone,

Earlier this year, you probably received a pretty jarring email: a notice that Fetchnotes would be shutting down in only 10 days…

Over the holidays last year, I had a chance to spend a couple weeks driving around an Italian island called Sardinia. On a pit-stop on my way back to the US, I witnessed a chain of events that I had a really hard time getting out of my mind. …

Last week, I received this email from “The Fetchnotes Team.”

Shut-down notice from Drift

I started “The Fetchnotes Team” back in 2011, when it was just an SMS prototype Chase Lee helped me make for ENGR 490 at the University of Michigan. Between 2011 and its acquisition by Drift in 2015, I poured my…

Alex Schiff

Product @Square. Prior: built Canvas @occipital, co-founder @Fetchnotes, VP @Benzinga, and chief opinionator @michigandaily.

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