Joining @Expa as Designer-in-Residence

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I’m excited to announce that I’ll be teaming up with Expa as Designer-in-Residence. I’m looking forward to working with the partners, awesome engineers and entrepreneurs to create new companies.

Expa was founded by Garrett Camp, co-founder of Uber and StumbleUpon, to apply his lessons learned creating successful startups. Joined by Hooman Radfar (founder of AddThis), Naveen Selvadurai (Foursquare co-founder), Milun Tesovic (founder of Metrolyrics), Roberto Sanabria (Google, Linkedin), Vítor Lourenço (Twitter designer, co-founder of Envoy) and 25 talented in-house experts in SF & NYC, the Expa team actively guides companies. We have done this before, founding 4 industry-defining startups that have collectively reached over 100 million registered users. And now we’re applying what we’ve learned to create the next generation of startups.

I’m thrilled to be joining efforts with this gang, and they’ve given me a warm welcome. I’d like to thank Annie, my family, my friends, and everyone following me for all their support over the last few days. I’ve read all your messages, and I hope that I’ve responded to everyone. Thank you! ^_^

Nice Weather, Finally

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Photo from San Francisco from Bernal Heights, shot on an iPhone 7 Plus.

For the first time and a couple of weeks, we finally had a couple days without rain. For the first time in a while, it feels like California again.

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Another photo of San Francisco, zoomed in 2x.

I’m hoping that this will last for a while. I was kind of getting tired of putting on all my rain gear. Anyone else enjoying the weather? ^_^

An Encounter with a Coyote

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Photo at the top of Bernal Heights, shot with the iPhone 7 Plus.

On my way to watch the sunrise this morning, I saw a coyote walking around in the middle of the road. There was a woman curiously chasing them around. She introduced herself to me, sharing some basic guidelines around coyote interaction and safety. If you want to learn more about Coyotes in San Francisco, check out Janet Kessler’s blog.

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Screenshot from my Facebook Live stream of the Coyote.

I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t bring my camera along with me this morning—it could have been a great photo opportunity. Instead, I shot a Facebook live video.

According to my conversation with Janet, coyotes were hunted for such a long time that they virtually disappeared from San Francisco; however, in recent years they’ve come back and repopulated. The coyotes roam along the streets, often chasing and stopping cars. People typically feed them, which encourages this unusual behavior.

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Panoramic photo of the sunrise from Bernal Heights.

As the coyotes return, Janet explained to me that everyone in San Francisco will need to find a way to co-exist with them without feeding them, similar to raccoons or skunks.

Here are some tips from her website:
• Never feed them
• Don’t approach them
• Walk on and don’t linger
• Keep dogs leashed
• Don’t let cats roam free

And here are some photos from her website so you can get a closer look at the coyotes.

A Couple of Photos

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Selfie of Annie and me next to Highway 1.

As much as I love the camera on the new iPhone 7 Plus, there’s just something magical about using a DSLR to capturing a moment. I shot this using a mini tripod, a timed exposure, and my old trusty Nikon D600.

I scrolled back and looked at some of my recent blog posts using my iPhone, and I’m just not satisfied with the results. I guess I’m going to have to start lugging my DSLR with me everywhere. Hah!

By the way, I wanted to share a couple photos from a trip I took recently. Here’s a sneak peak–I’ll post more soon.

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Kent taking a photo of a sea turtle at the Marina Del Rey Aquarium.

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Annie and Julia taking a selfie in front of McWay Falls in Big Sur.

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Los Angeles at night, from Griffith Observatory

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Sunset at Santa Monica.

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Astrophotography on a semi-hazy night at Big Sur.

Ps. Thank you everyone for all the support. I’m reading them all your messages and I will respond to you soon. I’m just taking the moment to reflect, meditate, and edit photos. ^_^

Farewell Flare

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Reflecting on next steps.

After working on Flare for the last 2 years, we’re shutting it down. I hold my head up high knowing that I worked with an awesome team, and I tried my best in an extremely tough space. I want to thank my comrades, my co-founders, my mentors, our investors, Expa and all the Flare users for giving me the chance to build this. I also want to thank Annie, my family, and all my friends for being so supportive of this dream.

This has been the most humbling experience of my life. I’ve learned some lessons along the way, and I wanted to pay it forward by sharing the insights. I’ll be posting a little more over the next few days, so stay tuned.