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Howdy, I’m Stew.

I’m a serial entrepreneur who launches startups in frontier industries: cannabis, artificial intelligence, and online writing.

I write and share hard-earned lessons and musings here on my blog.

My writing focuses on a handful of related themes: reimagining what our careers can be, striving, and how we can leverage the Internet to accelerate our careers and impact.

I send my best writing to the 2,500+ people on my email list Stew’s Letter. This is the best place to keep in touch and get to know me. (you can sign up here)

My story in 12 bullet points:

  • Born on the coast of Virginia. Grew up surfing and cleaning out old ladies’ attics for money.
  • Taught myself how to write code after a scammer posing as a for-hire software engineer stole my life savings.
  • Co-founded and led engineering at one of the first publicly-traded tech companies in the cannabis industry.
  • Burned out and quit.
  • Started journaling to figure out what to do next. Fell back in love with writing. Started this blog.
  • Took my first vacation in 5 years. Went to the Galapagos Islands with Richard Dawkins. Gave him good book advice and terrible investment advice.
  • Launched a satirical newsletter called TechLoaf (think: The Onion for the tech industry). For a moment, I thought it might be a good business. It wasn’t.
  • Decided to launch another tech company. Cold emailed Paul Allen’s AI2 Incubator and helped spin out a mind-bending text-to-speech company called WellSaid (they just raised a $10M Series A).
  • Once WellSaid was off the ground, a friend recruited me to join his startup Banzai as their CTO. I led engineering there through a $7M Series A.
  • Burned out again. Quit.
  • Decided to merge my personal passions with my business pursuits. Otherwise, I’d burn out again. The jury is still out on this one.
  • Co-founded Foster to help hobbyist and indie writers like me (and maybe you?) write better stuff.

You can connect and get to know me better alongside 2,500+ other rad people on my email list here (or below).