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,, and on Twitter, @KirkpatrickDoug.