"Remain curious. Explore. Travel. Adventure. Never stop disrupting yourself."
Until space travel becomes a thing, Rolando has “settled” for exploring the most interesting places on our planet. Not just because there are amazing teas only found in Vietnam, but because it helps him stay inspired to keep innovating innovation. So the next time you need a bigger big picture, a strategy literally developed off the beaten path, or a recommendation for a Vietnamese teahouse, we have just the explorer for you.
Especially good at: Storytelling. Rolando lives in the treacherous border between left and right brain. Bring a hairy, challenging problem, and he’ll hop along on any adventure with you. Give him a Sharpie, a stack of blank paper and a mountain of data, and he will make a compelling story out of anything.
Favorite part of the work: Invention. Looking at the big picture, seeing an unsolved problem and solving it in a new way through wit, creativity and powerful stories.
Alter ego: The National Geographic photographer. “If there’s a word that encapsulates my essence, it’s adventure. I’m endlessly fascinated by the world. Think about it: how cool would it be to travel to every curious corner of the world, capturing stunning natural wonders, tasting rare foods, exploring unknown lands, telling stories of unknown tribes… and then sharing them with others?”
Many of us have heard of the Iliad, the ancient Greek epic that tells the story of Achilles and the city of Troy. It’s an incredible story, filled with tales of valor, ingenuity and resilience. Related
Reading has always been a big part of my life, a habit my parents instilled in me at a young age. In fact, some of my earliest (and fondest) memories entail spending entire afternoons slowly paging through massive encyclopedias and children’s science books. Related
I’m a big believer that inspiration breeds innovation. That’s why I try to absorb a wide variety of stimuli nearly every day—it keeps my thinking fresh and helps me grow both personally and professionally. Related
We were all born infinitely creative. Don’t believe me? Sound like too broad a statement? Think back to that imaginary friend you played with for hours on end. Recall the secret missions you carried out in your backyard. Related
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