Brian Alkerton

How I Spent My Summer.

An update seems appropriate, given that's it's been a few months since I last wrote.

The short version: Pretty damn good. Tomorrow's my 6-month anniversary at Shopify, and my work there's going even better than I expected. When I started I set a goal for myself that I wanted to be the go-to guy for Penny Arcade, one of the company's larger accounts. Now I handle them, Angry Birds, Epic Meal Time, and there's more in the works... this on top of the day-to-day work of helping entrepreneurs from all over the world launch their businesses online. It's pretty good...


Good Enough Isn't.

My mom got me a subscription to The Economist for Christmas, but I haven't got around to setting it up. I'm contemplating asking her to swap it for Monocle.

The short version: Cancun was good. I may do a more detailed writeup, but tales of debauchery, snark, and mayhem seem better suited for sharing over beers.

Back to Monocle, which I picked up in the airport to read in-flight. I'm not entirely certain how relevant it is to my current lifestyle, but the writing is great and the people profiled are doing cool and interesting things...


I Miss Tired.

I was excited when I woke up yesterday morning.

Not in that way. Don't be gross.

But I was excited because, roughly 12 hours earlier, I had booked a trip to Cancun for 4 nights and I needed to get to the airport to catch my flight. I was tired as hell, but the interest and excitement I had for what I was about to do propelled me to get my ass up and moving.

I hit the snooze button - I had time to spare. But a minute or two of staring at the ceiling and I knew I...


Love The Things You Try. Drink A Cocktail, Wear A Tie.

I'm not sure if it's ADD, a quarter-life crisis, or something in between, but if there's one thing I've learned from the events of the past 24 hours, it's the value of novelty and spontaneity in my life, and how far I've let myself get away from that.

2010 was not a year where I accomplished major life goals. It was a year where I laid a lot of groundwork for some potentially very cool things I'll be pursuing in 2011... but to say that 2010 was a great year for me would be, at best, disingenuous. I had a...