Doggybagg: GenZ problem is your dinner

How can I change the world if I can’t even clean my fridge?

This is the way Thorn Miop thought about his own climate crisis.

The 23 year-old college graduate knew he was part of the climate problem. But he didn’t know how to be part of the solution. “I all my casual clothes are plant-based,” he catalogued, “jeans, tees, my Entireworld hoodie. My going-out stuff are…,” he shrugged. “Most of my brewing and steeping drinks are local. Greens, too, and tubers. I’m a global eater, like most of us, so fruits, sauces, cheese—all that is from all over.” He was trying to categorize himself, a typical GenZ habit. “So, I’m doing the right things. But am I doing anything?”

What can a young American adult, adjusting to the responsibilities, constraints and compromises of adulthood, do about the world they find themselves in? Keeping a roof over their head and trying to find a use for their new skills in the labor force is plenty. Getting the fridge cleaned is bonus.

It was one Fall day last year, when he looked in the fridge he shares with his two roommates in a Denver three bedroom apartment, and saw container after container of half-enjoyed ethnic food waiting judgmentally to be enjoyed again – or forgotten – that he thought he saw a way to connect the life he lived with the world he wanted to help create.

“The industry, the food industry, uses portion control to get us to buy what they need to sell – not what we need to eat,” Thorn explained the system to me, and how we play be it’s rules. “When I looked in that fridge of leftovers, I saw meals, surplus meals, for the first time. Not scraps, or take-out mistakes, or potluck excess.”

From Lean Canvas to AirTable prototype took Thorn and his best friend from U Northern Colorado, Natisha Minorson, just three weeks and was born. Or perhaps ready for pick-up would be more on-vision.

“Take-out for less” is the catchphrase they are using for now. With food delivery already considered infrastructure by many in large cities, most of the “operational” work for their pilot could be hired, instead of built. “We really are offering a mindset to the market,” is how Natisha put it when I walked through the doggybagg process with them. It’s a mindset many people are ready to make, if the growth of their demand in Denver is an indicator.

…to be continued…

New Deal: New Bets

FDR did make a “deal” with the American people, that’s true and the name, “New Deal”, is apt.*

I ask, How did he do the supporting programs and reforms that were his side of his deal with Americans? The dynamic and trade-offs of the deal he struck are interesting. And why they worked is interesting history of policy and political science. But more interesting to me is how he manifested the outcomes he promised to deliver. You could say my question is, how did he govern? Or a better word, how did he administer?

In large part, the answer is: his administration experimented.

I find the fact that this great reform vision was achieved by – making bets and seeing which ones worked and which ones’ didn’t and calling that his New Deal governing.

In his New York Times Opinion column of July 30, 2020, “The Future of American Liberalism“, David Brooks writes these characterizations of the FDR adminitration:
People … want a leader, like F.D.R., who demonstrates optimistic fearlessness.
…willing to try anything that met the specific emergencies of the moment.
…a wanton willingness to experiment.
…a populist revolt that…F.D.R. …mostly he just outperformed them with talent.
If you want to unleash a torrent of action you have to let individual members of Congress drive their own initiatives…
F.D.R. …was so shifting and pragmatic…
…it’s possible to get a lot done…if you are willing to be…openly experimental.


* Stuart Chase, an economist and member of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “brain trust” who coined the term “New Deal,” died Saturday [November 16, 1985] … his most famous work, “A New Deal,” published in 1932…

Los Angeles Times Nov. 18, 1985 Chase, Roosevelt Adviser Who Coined Term ‘New Deal,’ Dies

Pitching to any old investor

This week I attended a set of pitches for capital to investors. Anyone was invited to attend, not just registered investors.

I’ve been working with a number of startups – including helping them prepare their pitch for investors.

I studied this week’s performances with an eye to how they are different from and similar to those I’m helping draft.

The Unknown

I prefer the unknown.

This is pretty simple. Pretty clear. This occurred to me the other day. I couldn’t think of an exception.

Sure, I like to know. I like having knowledge. I’m not a proponent of staying ignorant. I respect knowledge of others.

I am drawn to, I see, I prefer to put myself into the unknown.

I like learning what I haven’t known before.

I seek new people.

I seek new experience.

I seek unfamiliar points of view.

In my work, I operate large amidst the unknown. New ideas. New business models. Unknown markets. Unknown threats. Unknown skills. Unknown rewards.