Category: profile

community profile: horacio zambrano

We’re so pleased to introduce you to another member of our massively cool community of Bacana clients. Welcome to Horacio Zambrano!

Introduce yourself.
I’m a mid-life, corporate exec turned small business entrepreneur that is building a marketing consultancy and virtual agency. I live in San Francisco, am married, and have a young son that I see more now.

What’s something making you happy right now?
We just landed a new client this week and validated our virtual team model.

When was the last time you surprised yourself?
Every month / week. I see more clearly what I should be focused on and how, the prior month, I probably spent too much time in one area or another when I should be building a process to delegate to get the business to the next level. It reminds me to focus on getting on with finding and bringing the right people into the fold. Part of the journey, I suppose.

What’s something that brings ease into your life?
Reading and tennis. Tennis is like my yoga, and I’ve been doing it for the past 10 years. I get grumpy when I neglect it. Reading wisdom from others really validates my own thinking and helps me sort out my own thinking.

What’s something you’ve seen or read recently that you want to share?
Making Websites Win by Karl Blanks. While it’s pretty prescriptive about how to make websites convert, the underlying theme is to iterate fast and experiment, experiment, and experiment. The world is always moving so quickly that you have to be flexible in how you position yourself and your business and continually look for the opportunity to create sustainability. It also speaks to the fact that the world and younger generations are moving to a very data-driven and analytic place that supports a creative process like messaging and copywriting.

Anything else you’d like to share with the Bacana community?
Keep chugging and enjoy the journey. Nothing is guaranteed, so don’t fall prey to grass-is-greener thinking, and stay focused.

Where can people find you?
LinkedIn

 

community profile: gloria wong tritasavit

We’re so pleased to introduce you to another member of our massively cool community of Bacana clients. Welcome to Gloria Wong Tritasavit!

Introduce yourself.
My name is Gloria Wong Tritasavit. I’m a San Francisco native. Co-founder and creative director for Harlow & Grey – a line of modern party goods that I created with my cousin Jeanne. I’m happily married with three crazy kids – a 7 year old and 4 year old twins. Busy family life! Instilling values of love, compassion, empathy, and equality in my kids on a daily basis is and will always be one of my highest priorities.

What’s something making you happy right now?
My bed. Sleep can be scarce with three kids who are either waking up from nightmares, talking in their sleep, or are sick. I really love when I get to rest peacefully in my comfy bed!

When was the last time you surprised yourself?
I’m the least athletic person I know. I was throwing around a toy basketball with my son the other day and surprised myself by making a shot in the hoop.

What’s something that brings ease into your life?
Prayer.

What’s something you’ve seen or read recently that you want to share?
The documentary Happy! Its message is not profound by any means, but it’s such a good reminder (especially for all of us who live near Silicon Valley) that money, image, status, and power account for very little of what actually makes people happy. Yet it’s what many spend most of their time chasing after.

Where can people find you?
harlowandgrey.com
Instagram @harlowandgrey

 

community profile: jeanne chan

We’re so pleased to introduce you to another member of our massively cool community of Bacana clients. Welcome to Jeanne Chan!

Introduce yourself.
I’m Jeanne Chan, and I’m the co-founder and marketing director at Harlow & Grey, a modern party goods line I launched with my dear cousin Gloria. I also write a lifestyle blog, Shop Sweet Things, dedicated to sharing modern living, design, style, and snippets of my life as a mom with my two girls (age 7 and 5 – very fun ages!)

What’s something making you happy right now?
My Pilates sessions. Feels good to pay attention to my body again after not working out for almost 7 years.

When was the last time you surprised yourself?
I just finished a book! (Crazy Rich Asians)

What’s something that brings ease into your life?
I also started Vedic meditation. Still trying to hone in on the practice, but when I do carve out the time to for it, it feels very cleansing for the soul. The other thing that is bringing ease to my life is Good Eggs, an organic grocery delivery service I use weekly. I do live in San Francisco after all. 🙂

What’s something you’ve seen or read recently that you want to share?
It’s not something that I’ve read or seen, but I started listening to “The Goop” podcast. The inaugural episode with Oprah is honest, funny, and incomparable. The “How I Built This” podcast is something I’d like to listen to as well when I need a boost of inspiration or motivation in business and entrepreneurship.

Where can people find you?
shopsweetthings.com
Instagram @shopsweetthings
harlowandgrey.com
Instagram @harlowandgrey

 

community profile: kimmy williams-pigliucci

We’re so pleased to introduce you to another member of our massively cool community of Bacana clients. Welcome to Kimmy Williams-Pigliucci!

Introduce yourself.
My name is Kimmy, and I am a San Francisco native. I am married to an Italian and work as an Esthetician and Health & Wellness Coach. I run a skincare clinic in my hometown called AES Acne Clinic, where I combine skincare and lifestyle coaching to help people struggling with acne get clear holistically. I also teach trauma-informed yoga in the community.

What’s something making you happy right now?
My 3 furry cat babies: Antonio, Lucilla, and Supplizio. They always make me happy!

When was the last time you surprised yourself?
I am always surprised when I cook something that is edible, but the other day I made a dish that actually tasted good!

What’s something that brings ease into your life?
I practice yoga and mindfulness which helps me tremendously. I also love a good bath with some music and lots of candles.

What’s something you’ve seen or read recently that you want to share?
I am currently reading two fantastic new books: Nurturing Resilience by Kathy Kain and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness by David Treleaven. They both present cutting-edge information on psychology and mental health that is relevant for anyone interested in the mind-body connection.

Where can people find you?
http://aesbeauty.com

community profile: doug kirkpatrick

We’re so pleased to introduce you to another member of our massively cool community of Bacana clients. Welcome to Doug Kirkpatrick!

Introduce yourself.
I’m a husband, father, Kiwi-American, environmentalist, and chief investment officer of AlphaGlider, a US-based investment adviser.

What’s something making you happy right now?
Following the adventures of my oldest son while he works and explores his way through Taiwan and New Zealand on a gap year between high school and college.

When was the last time you surprised yourself?
Last year my wife and I moved back into a college dorm at age 48. While my wife was busy working on a masters in education at Stanford, I crashed lectures and presentations on science, history, international relations, and business, and more than a few sporting events. It was awesome!

What’s something that brings ease into your life?
1Password, a password manager for laptops, phones, and tablets, that protects me and my family from online bad guys. Best. Software. Ever.

What’s something you’ve seen or read recently that you want to share?
I’ve been reading a lot to try to understand the current political environment in the United States. White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America, by Joan C. Williams, is probably the best piece I’ve read on the subject.

Anything else you’d like to share with the Bacana community?
I think the most insightful piece of advice I got when I started my own business was to focus on what you enjoy most, and on what you do best — and outsource the rest.

Where can people find you?
On my personal finance-themed blog, www.alphaglider.com/blog, and on Twitter, @KirkpatrickDoug.

community profile: andrew feliciano

We’re so pleased to introduce you to another member of our massively cool community of Bacana clients. Welcome to Andrew Feliciano!

Introduce yourself.
My name is Andrew Feliciano, a Los Angeles native and recording studio owner specializing in voiceover. I’m an outdoor enthusiast and avid rock climber.

What’s something making you happy right now?
Making stuff. I’ve always had an interest in making stuff from growing up with do-it-yourself parents. I have really enjoyed the resurgence of the maker movement. I’ve been inspired by the seemingly unlimited amount of quality content on YouTube and other places on the web where people are sharing their expertise and passions for all kinds of crafts: woodworking, electronics, carpentry, costume making, and anything else you would be interested in.

When was the last time you surprised yourself?
I recently started walking to work when I can and was surprised how much I like doing it, and, this most recent week, did it 5 days in a row. I actually went out of my way a little to do it, which was not something I had anticipated happening. I luckily live about a mile from where I work, which not everyone has the luxury of, but the act of 20 minutes of light activity in the morning before starting the day has been a nice change to the start of my day.

What’s something that brings ease into your life?
Automation. More specifically using modern tools (largely web-based) to do things for me. Many people have used auto-pay for bills, but now you can do additional personal things like getting regular deliveries of household items from Amazon or other services and setting reminders for calendar events and personal tasks. But also work-related automation tasks with tools such as Zapier, Workato, and other web-based tools. Many of these sorts of things have been available to larger businesses for a long time, but now are accessible to individuals.

What’s something you’ve seen or read recently that you want to share?
I just finished reading the book Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. It was an easy read and immensely helpful as a small business owner, but these ideas can be used in any facet of life.

Anything else you’d like to share with the Bacana community?
I have come to realize in the last few years that good communication is one of the most important aspects of everything we do as people, but also one of the hardest. Being a good communicator causes so much mental discomfort and constantly challenges our identity. There are plenty of aspects to this, but I’ve found that a common theme always comes back to listening first and empathy. Some examples are active listening techniques, the book The Five Love Languages for relationships (something I resisted, but was surprisingly straightforward), and Getting to Yes, which I recently read. I can’t say that I am a shining example of this, but I do try to keep these ideas in mind.

Where can people find you?
Best place to get in touch would be via my company’s website, www.voicetraxwest.com.

community profile: natasha patel

We’re so pleased to introduce you to another member of our massively cool community of Bacana clients. Welcome to Natasha Patel!

Introduce yourself.
I’m a career counselor, writer and teacher. Call it polymath or renaissance soul. But I thrive when I’m pushing more than one idea forward to execution.

What’s something making you happy right now?
Season 2 of UnReal, my 6 year-old niece, really balanced bourbon cocktails.

When was the last time you surprised yourself?
When someone (not a client) asked for advice, and I didn’t answer with what I really thought.

What’s something that brings ease into your life?
With my schedule, a simple evening at home with a movie.

What’s something you’ve seen or read recently that you want to share?
Attempting to conquer Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. It’s the 20th anniversary of the publication.

Anything else you’d like to share with the Bacana community?
I’m working with a new theater company in Atlanta that is focused on playwrights and production, called Onion Man Productions.

Where can people find you?
You can follow me on twitter at laRenSoul, or my website for career counseling is www.natashapatelcounseling.com.

community profile: vivian polak

We have always been very proud of having a massively cool community of Bacana clients. And we’d like to start showing them off! Like all of our notions, we’ll do short & sweet profile snapshots. So let’s get the ball rolling with Bacana client number 1, Vivian Polak.

Introduce yourself.
I’m a NYC-based artist, activist, entrepreneur, co-founder of an awesome philanthropic coffee company (Red Thread Good), and lawyer.

What’s something making you happy right now?
Doing my bit to help change the world by creating a new type of business model.

When was the last time you surprised yourself?
18 months ago, when I agreed to work on a start-up company after I thought I’d be hanging up my cleats.

What’s something that brings ease into your life?
Meditation, spending time with good friends, cooking, creating art (sometimes), looking at art (always), laughter, walking Pip the pup.

What’s something you’ve seen or read recently that you want to share?
Untethered Soul by Michael Singer

Where can people find you?
vpolak23 at Instagram