There is a famous quote that asserts, "Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do that. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.” I think that there is a more beautiful reality when what makes you come alive is what the world needs. This is an intersection I am relentlessly pursuing: www.unreasonableinstitute.org is this dream realized.
Daniel fundamentally believes that entrepreneurship is the answer to nearly all the issues we face today and has dedicated his life accordingly. By the time he received his BA in philosophy he had already started three companies. Today, Daniel is the Founder and CEO of unreasonableadventures.com (focused on leveraging eco-tourism markets as an international tool for development) and the Founder of the Unreasonable Institute.
The Unreasonable Institute is an international accelerator and seed stage investor in entrepreneurs who are working to create scalable solutions to social and environmental issues. Each year, the Institute unites 25 of the world's most promising entrepreneurs (deemed Unreasonable Fellows) from around the globe in Boulder, CO for six weeks and matches them with 60 leading serial entrepreneurs, 30 global impact investment funds, and hundreds of additional investors and innovators. Through world class mentorship, access to seed capital, involved consulting, intensive skill training, a global network of support, and international exposure, the ultimate goal of Unreasonable is to enable the world’s most promising entrepreneurs to launch ventures future generations will remember as having defined progress in our time.
For Daniel, business is not business, business is people. He believes in militant transparency and truthfulness in the projects he is a part of and in his everyday life. He also struggles to take himself too seriously.
The vibrancy I see in young entrepreneurs, the life I find in adventure, the important exploration of Impact-Investing, My Puppy, and although its not original... good conversations with good people
I hold a simple and fundamental belief that Entrepreneurship is the answer to nearly all the issues we face today... I have dedicated my life accordingly
Business is not business, business is people
Militant transparency is a philosophy that I am constantly striving to live out and to inject into all of the organizations I develop and work on
I know someone who can sincerely say that humility is their greatest strength
This one isn't my idea, but it is bar none my favorite quote:
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did."
-T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Truth is, my favorite part of any day is when I get the chance to share conversations with individuals who lead highly innovative and intentional lives. I'm most excited by what interests you
running, apologizing (I make a lot of mistakes =), playing the piano, writing, multi-tasking (ex: this morning I was on a conference call while walking my dog and eating a sandwich =)
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