I am the Co-Founder and CEO of Uncharted, a social impact accelerator funding and accelerating moonshot solutions to economic inequality in the United States. Based in Denver, Colorado, I'm an outdoor enthusiast and spend weekends on backcountry adventures in the American west.
Uncharted is a social impact accelerator that supports early-stage ventures tackling economic inequality in America, an issue that we believe is the greatest long-term threat to the United States in the next 30 years. Our programs are fixed-term, cohort-based, and mentorship-driven. We target social ventures, nonprofits, movement builders, advocacy organizations, coalitions, and hybrid models.
Our results are exponential—for every $1 in funding we receive, our ventures generate $8.12 within two years, funding that they attribute directly to Uncharted’s support. For over 10 years, we’ve backed early-stage ventures with audacious goals. Equipping them to challenge the status quo is what we do best.
Uncharted is one of Outside Magazine's 50 Best Companies to Work For in the United States. We work on 4-day workweeks, where everyone is paid their full salary to work 32 hours a week, and we get 52 Fridays off a year.
The Continuous Journey
I am the son of two entrepreneurs and grew up talking about entrepreneurship and business around the dinner table. When I was a little boy, my brother and I would run lemonade stands outside of our house. In elementary school, I wrote book reports and did presentations on successful entrepreneurs for class projects.
In my teens and twenties, I became inspired by the ways entrepreneurs were using their models to create social and environmental impact.
Since then, I've been passionate about purpose-driven businesses, innovative nonprofits, and risky, early-stage solutions to society's biggest challenges.
What has struck me most about entrepreneurship is how different it is from traditional school (I was never the best student and struggled to fit into the standard academic mold).
The rules of the classroom are sequential: first you study and prepare and only then are you evaluated. The rules of entrepreneurship are dynamic: you learn by doing, by constantly iterating and testing and getting real-time feedback.
While traditional school is fundamentally about you and your knowledge, entrepreneurship is about the relationship between you and the world. It invites each of us into a humble posture of continuous learning and curiosity. It reminds us that we are, like our businesses, constantly a work-in-progress.
I've had different tours of duty at Uncharted since I joined in 2012 (it was then called Unreasonable Institute). I stepped into the CEO role in December 2017 and have approached my leadership through the context of using Uncharted as a laboratory for continuous testing, observing, learning, and iterating on hypotheses about how to build a human-centered, values-forward, purpose-driven business.
We've made tens of thousands of mistakes, almost run out money multiple times, done things and made decisions I've come to regret, but we've also built a company and a culture that I'm incredibly proud of and something far bigger than any one of us.
Co-building Uncharted has been the hardest thing I've ever done, but it's also been the most beautiful, invigorating thing I've ever been a part of. If I've learned anything, it's that being an entrepreneur is incompatible with being a perfectionist, but despite its imperfections and incompleteness, I see the process of building a company, a culture, and a team as a never-ending work of art.
This site chronicles my writing on the intersection of conscious leadership, social and environmental impact, and the growth-mindset approach to learning, company-building, and character formation. I hope you follow along.