The Endless Summer Mastermind

September 2015

I had talked to Tyson earlier in the year, before my first Ayahuasca journey in the Amazon. Tyson told me “You should talk to Victory, he did Ayahuasca recently.” I had gone to Victory’s wedding back in 2012, in Wellington. It was a great time, and during the best man toast, Tyson said “Victory and I used to work together at a video game company togther in the late 90s/early 2000s, and it was the best culture we ever experienced.” This was my startup that I built in Berkeley back in the day, and it was touching that two of my former employees felt this way.

We had a few conference calls, and we decided to form The Endless Summer Mastermind. The idea was that we wanted to create a new company, location independent, where we could work on meaningful projects and always be somewhere where the weather was warm and beautiful. Since Victory lived in New Zealand, and I was in San Diego, we decided to meet at Tyson’s house, as it was halfway in between, in Hawaii. The three of us met in Honolulu on September 6 as three hurricanes were converging on Hawaii.

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“You guys picked an interesting week to visit, three hurricanes  are converging on Hawaii.”

Tyson says when we meet at his house. “Professor, use your shaman powers and redirect the hurricanes.” “No problem,” I reply and set the intention. A week later, it appeared it worked as all three hurricanes downgraded and swerved around from the islands.

Tyson then showed us his aquaponics setup and we did his morning core workout routine with him with ten minutes of heavy crunches and planks. We spent the week finding different outdoor spots to explore and brainstorm various ideas in technology of all flavors, virtual reality, internet of things, green tech, and more. Each day, we would find a new “conference room” to hold our sessions.

  • Conference Room A – Warm waters at the beach, bobbing with hurricane swells.
  • Conference Room B – Cliff bluff overlooking the ocean after a brambly hike through overgrown mountain paths.
  • Conference Room C – Clearing with a soft pine needle bed in a forest on the mountain trail.
  • Conference Room D – Rock in the middle of the ocean after snorkeling with sea turtles and jumping off a nearby cliff into the ocean several times.
  • etc…

Tyson and Victory were adventurers, so we spent time pushing ourselves physically, then doing deep brainstorms into the night at Tyson’s house. Victory was already working with Spliff on a virtual reality browser at this time, and had flown Spliff to New Zealand, where he got kicked out at customs. We decided that the four of us would explore working together on this virtual reality browser project, and I headed back to California to prepare for The Pilgrimage in Peru.

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