Who do you look up to?
David: Singer-songwriter, philanthropist and businesswoman Dolly Rebecca Parton, of course. I will always love you, Dolly.
My parents, aunts and uncles. The many mentors I’ve been blessed with. But also my chosen fam, who inspire me to assume best intentions, lead with love and compassion, aim to do no harm yet take no shit and persevere in solidarity. And people in general who are actively working to live their best lives authentically. Which is not easy, being able to practice self-care can require a lot of privilege.
Nathan: No one. Well, occasionally someone. But very rarely (I'm 6' 5" tall). Oh…you probably meant that in a different way. Lately I've been keeping a special list on my phone called "Courage" and putting people on there that specifically inspire me in this startup journey. People like Yvon Chouinard, DHH and Jason Fried, Douglas Rushkoff, and Arlan Hamilton
Do you have a favorite book or album?
D: In terms of books, anything by David McCullough or Erik Larsen. More recently, I’ve been all about Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly.
Regarding music, I’m really a playlist enthusiast these days but my Top 3 (technically 6) albums are Dolly Parton’s Y2Kish blue grass album triology (The Grass is Blue, Little Sparrow, and Halos & Horns), U2’s The Joshua Tree and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours.
N: Recent favorite books include The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (sci-fi / fantasy) and The Idea Factory by Jon Gertner (non-fiction). One of my favorite albums of all time is Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie.
Favorite place to eat in Orlando?
D: This is hard! So many Orlando eateries to choose from and factors to consider. Hamburg Mary’s will always have a special place in my heart. Se7en Bites is decadent. Mamak, Pom Poms, Prato, Mills Market, Hammered Lamb, Lazy Moon, The Sanctum, Dandelion, Pho 88, Market on South and Bikuri are also go-tos.
N: Tako Cheena on a budget, Ravenous Pig for a special occasion. Though I really enjoy cooking, especially for other people, and trying new things.