May 6, 2014

I would like to welcome everyone to my blog Business, Wine, and Other Stuff. As you take in the title, your mind might be wondering about what the “other stuff” is all about. This blog is an outlet for spending time learning, talking, and sharing things that either myself or those who follow are interested in. While I want the content in these pages to reflect information mostly of a business nature (examining theories, strategies, and people) or be a source of education in the area of wine, opening the door to other subjects is important. As someone creating a medium like this one for the first time, bringing something forward – which is more relaxed in nature, remains my strongest motivation.

… More about myself

My early twenties brought about a lot of changes in my life which really came to solidify an interest in business, wine, and cigars. Going through university at the time, I was finding less in common with a variety of the social circles immediately available to someone in that environment, and far more interested in spending my leisure time learning about business theory and economics –  funny enough, while drinking wine or having the occasional cigar. If I would have to hazard a guess as to when the latter became more of a focal point in my life, it would be then. Since that time, I have tried on more than a few occasions to take a serious look into understanding wine. (business is something I actively educate myself on daily)  One of the other strong motivations for this blog is to actively make my own understanding wine a priority. I want the opportunity to choose good or better options in any given situation. Since I am also someone who likes subjects steeped in tradition and history, I am expecting this journey to be quite self-rewarding.

On the business end of things, I have been an entrepreneur since 2006 – building several companies from the ground up. At this particular time in my career, I find myself in the role of management consultant. To be honest, I don’t really like the word entrepreneur, I much prefer the term investor.  I feel it more adequately represents what someone like myself does. From my point of view, whether you are putting in time or your own equity, there is an investment which has to be made.

On that note, I hope you will enjoy Business, Wine & Other Stuff. It will be a collection of things that I find interesting, and hopefully some contributions or healthy debate from those that follow. While I feel this goes without saying as I am opening the floor to others’ ideas, I think it is worth repeating. There is no reason for personal attacks, politics or other contentious issues to be brought about in this forum. This is a place to learn, share, and enjoy.