I’m Bill, CEO and co-founder of a startup called Readup. Readup is a web platform built for deep, focused reading of online articles and stories. It’s the world’s first social media site that makes you smarter, happier, healthier and more interesting.
In addition to reading, writing and art, I like adventures and exploring. And working on things with my hands.
I live in an old RV equipped with little more than a propane stove and a solar panel bolted to the roof. It sits on a Ford F-250 with a hundred thousand miles on it. I rescued both the truck and the camper from Craigslist and now I’m wandering around America’s backroads with a paper atlas, avoiding cities and following signs that say west.
I work at small libraries and bookstores in rural towns, where I also find a lot of time to chat with people about reading, social media, politics and life. I also enjoy flea markets, thrift stores, and farmstands. But more than anything else, I prefer solitude and nature, especially at the same time.
Several years ago, I decided to opt-out of the attention economy and dramatically reduce the amount of time I spend looking at screens, so I deleted all of my social media accounts and got rid of my smartphone.
In addition to figuring out how to save high-quality journalism at scale, my co-founder and I are pioneering the future of work. We work on whatever we want, wherever, whenever and however we want.
I have two lifelong goals: (1) to write a novel and (2) to build my own home. Imagine a small home on a very large property with fresh water running through it. Now chop the home in half and discard one side without closing up the open part. And triple the size of the property. That’s what I want. That’s where I’ll write my novel.
I rarely schedule meetings and I don’t do corporate things like calendar invites and conferences, but I do respond to every single email I receive. So hit me up. Seriously. firstname.lastname@example.org