About Nick

Hi! I'm a 37 year-old man who lives in New York City.

My Notes on Business Development Companies (BDCs)

I first heard about Business Development Companies, or BDCs, in David Einhorn’s book Fooling Some of the People All of the Time.

Our old family business, Flight Display Systems, is now controlled by a BDC (Fidus Investment Corp).

BDCs seem like an interesting area to learn more about investing and debt. I’ll post some of my notes here on this page.

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2020-05-24T12:56:00-04:00May 21st, 2020|General|

Storytelling Workshop in NYC: My Notes

Today I attended the 90-minute Storytelling for Business Master Class hosted by The Story Studio.

Stories are how we make sense of the world. You can use storytelling in a business setting to forge a connection with your colleagues, or to get buy-in.

I just wanted to learn how to convince people to host a 2-hour cocktail party.

Blonde man in middle of two professional women, holding a sign that says STORYTELLING WORKSHOP The general rule of having your own blog is this: If you’re going to post a photo of yourself, you MUST choose the wackiest one possible. L to R: Cyndi Freeman, me, and Gail Thomas.


2020-02-26T17:21:22-05:00February 23rd, 2020|NYC|

Book Club: The Geography of Madness

Is PMS real? Can you die from voodoo? Is it possible for a man to have his penis stolen?

These things all seem real to people who experience them. But science can’t prove that they actually exist. These cultural syndromes “exists in a swirl of belief and expectancy and biology.”

Our business book club just finished reading a fascinating book: The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes by Frank Bures.

Five men standing close together holding the book in the middle L to R: me, Steve Kamb, Ramit Sethi, Wayne Mulligan, and Derek Halpern.

In selecting this book, Ramit Sethi said:

I loved this book and it made me think differently. How many of our “diseases” are cultural? How many are in our head? What assumptions do we make? What else is cultural? What can we control and change? It was one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read. It’s also very different than the other books we’ve read in our book club.

Table of Contents

Yellow book cover with title of book and sub-title Cover of the book The Geography of Madness by Frank Bures


2019-11-13T13:14:27-05:00November 13th, 2019|Books, General|

Havana, Cuba: My Pictures and Visit Notes

What comes to mind when you think about Cuba? For me now: Classic American cars. Empty grocery store shelves. Beautiful beaches. Delicious food. Long lines at the bank. Great people. Socialism. And embargoes.

I spent a long weekend in Havana, Cuba. I loved it.

Two people smiling and wearing sunglasses with ocean / beach behind them Rachel and I are sun-kissed and happy at the beach in Havana, Cuba. This was actually within the city limits of Havana!

Click here or scroll down to read my 5 must-do suggestions in Havana.

I saw a totally new side of the city. My girlfriend’s childhood friend showed us around town.

Two women wearing sunglasses and smiling Maile and Rachel after a day at the beach. They grew up together in Oregon. Now Maile is living in Havana doing research with the American Studies program at Yale University.

Here are my best photos and random observations.

2019-11-06T21:53:05-05:00November 6th, 2019|General, Travel|

First Aid and CPR Workshop in NYC

My friend Danielle Strle invited me to join a First Aid and CPR workshop today in New York City.

It was five hours long and we each paid $105.

I’m glad that I went!

Find a class in your area here: Red Cross: CPR Classes in NYC

I learned many things such as:

  • Yes, you can pump the chest to the song “Staying Alive.”
  • You can also do it to the “Baby Shark” song.
  • How to do CPR: 30 pumps, then 2 recovery breaths mouth-to-mouth (repeat)
  • How to use an AED: that’s the defibrillator you see frequently now which can administer heart shocks to save someone from cardiac arrest!
  • SAMPLE and FAST: acronyms in case of an emergency.
  • How to use an EpiPen: stab it in someone’s leg if they go into anaphylactic shock.

Woman holding the AED at First Aid class in NYC Danielle Strle holding the AED with a test dummy


2019-10-14T21:30:51-04:00October 14th, 2019|General|

Goliathon Obstacle Course: Review and Pictures (2019)

I’m not very athletic. I don’t particularly enjoy these races. But if my friend Nina invites me to something, I’ll do it. She’s great and I like hanging out with her.

My friend Nina Simon invited me to compete in the Goliathon obstacle course race on 5 October 2019.

I invited my girlfriend Rachel to join us. We all did it (or most of it) together and it was fun!

Three people at the start line of Goliathon Group photo! Rachel, me, and Nina at the start of Goliathon 2019 Two women who completed the Goliathon 2019 obstacle course race, standing with arms flexed out in front of the Finish line. Both are wearing black leggings Rachel and Nina at the Finish line for Goliathon 2019

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2019-10-08T20:30:35-04:00October 6th, 2019|General|