Reflections on business projects, failed and successful:


Cartel What if the classic game SimCity was turned upside down? Cartel was an attempt to invert SimCity and create a city-building game from an entrepreneur’s prospective that simulated supply and demand, market competition, externalities, crime, infrastructure, and an elaborate construction system. Before we ran out of money, Cartel was accepted to the Google/Improbable SpatialOS Games Innovation Program. The Lessons that Games Teach A whole generation learned about cities through Maxis’ SimCity franchise.


Innovating Education from Within Guatemala’s Top University When I left my position at the MPC, the students gave me this video as a going-away present. In late 2014, I got a phone call that would change my life… The host of the project was Universidad Francisco Marroquín, one of the top universities in Central America. In 2012, they had formed an independent department and autonomous profit center to create educational innovation.

Antigua Trading Co.

Exotic Minimalist Leather Goods I went for a long drive, and came back with a business idea. During 2015, I went for a lot of long drives to think and de-stress from working on [the MPC](). One day I went out driving and came upon a remote town with a row of businesses that sold cowboy boots. I stopped to take a look. I was amazed at the intricate designs and the quality of the materials.

Startup Cities

What if Cities Could Progress at the Pace of Technology? La Limonada, a neighborhod that runs what I like to call ‘slum code’. Making Cities More Entrepreneurial Update 2016: My work with Startup Cities was acknowledged by the World Design Organization when I was selected as a judge to choose the World Design Capital 2020. I’ve long been captivated by the positive role that entrepreneurship can play in the lives of others.