Howdy, I’m Stew.
I’m an entrepreneur who launches startups in frontier industries: cannabis, artificial intelligence, and online writing.
I share hard-earned lessons and musings here on Substack.
I send my best writing to the 2,800+ people on my email list here. This is the best place to keep in touch and get to know me.
My story in 12 bullet points:
Born on the coast of Virginia. Grew up surfing and cleaning out old ladies’ attics for money.
Taught myself how to write code after a scammer posing as a for-hire software engineer stole my life savings.
Co-founded and led engineering at one of the first publicly-traded tech companies in the cannabis industry.
Burned out and quit.
Started journaling to figure out what to do next. Fell back in love with writing. Started this blog.
Launched a satirical newsletter called TechLoaf (think: The Onion for the tech industry). For a moment, I thought it might be a good business. It wasn’t.
Once WellSaid was off the ground, a friend recruited me to join his startup Banzai as their CTO. I led engineering there through a $7M Series A.
Burned out again. Quit.
Decided to merge my personal passions with my business pursuits. Otherwise, I’d burn out again. The jury is still out on this one.
Co-founded Foster to help hobbyist and indie writers like me (and maybe you?) write better stuff.
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