CHAPTER 11

Adventures in the Wild

The sharks of the South Pacific are as dangerous as the ones in Silicon Valley.

I was long overdue for a hiatus. I usually give myself at least six months off between start-ups, but the past few years had been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Wanting to squeeze in another Internet business before the big crash, I went from selling Reel.com to starting Hungry Minds.com without much of a break. After I sold Hungry Minds.com, I knew it was time for a vacation.

When I'm not working seventy hours a week on my latest start-up, I'm searching for outdoor thrills. My wife and I love wilderness hiking, long-distance swimming, and spending time around wild animals. We are equally drawn to mountain peaks and remote islands. ...

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