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These writing samples demonstrate growth and how I've learned to find a voice -- and continue to do so. Writing, like sketching, is a superpower. And being able to hone my writing and communication skills in ways I find rewarding has been rewarding.

Over the last few months, I've met biweekly for writing and brainstorming sessions for Circle Three, and have honed both technical and creative writing. Always looking to improve!

Circle Three

Link to newsletter here, or subscribe over in the Writings section. Circle Three is a weekly newsletter with curated content from me as well as weekly editorial blog posts writing about what's on my mind in the realm of behavior, development, and leadership.

In 2018, fresh out of school, I realized how isolating the world can be. Despite friends, family, and coworkers, it became more difficult to learn and connect. It became easy to coast along with my head down. The spark of the idea for a newsletter was created.

So what’s with the name Circle Three?

The term comes from Seth Godin’s Linchpin, where he posits that the internet has created a circle beyond family and business: a tribe. Where knowledge is exchanged and our gifts are shared. It’s about having public accountability for goals and delivering on the practice of improvement.

Each week subscribers receive a quote, a mix of curated content, and a short personal essay. With any luck, the variety of topics and questions will give you one thing to chew on during your week.

FirstWatch Crypto

FirstWatch Crypto helps educate people about cryptocurrencies. Every ship needs people keeping watch. The tireless observers constantly on duty and essential to the ship's safety. FirstWatch Crypto is inspired by this constant vigilance. We are braving the waters together, helping guide your investments through the complex sea of change of cryptocurrencies. These financial technologies have changed the tides of finance, and are leading us to a new world. FirstWatch Crypto brings knowledge and passion for the future of finance and cryptocurrencies. We want to help you achieve a better future by making crypto understandable and accessible for you. We will keep the first watch.

John "Blaize" Hrabrick (@blaizebitcoin) is a crypto investor and researcher with over 6 years of industry experience. He comes from a finance background working in the technology industry and is super passionate about NFTs. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with B.B.A. in Finance.

Dan McGlinn (@DigitalDanMcG) has an engineering background with a decade of investing experience. He sees the crypto industry as a ripe environment to apply his quantitative and creative passions. With 18 months of crypto experience, he writes to get others financially and philosophically into the crypto space. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a concentration in human-centered design.

Our Values: S.E.A.

  • Steward new investors on their journey into the cryptocurrency space.

  • Educate investors on the fundamentals of the revolutionary new asset class of cryptocurrencies.

  • Anticipate market needs to remain competitive within the crypto sphere.

Levels Diary

I was part of the beta group for Levels Health, and wrote a Levels Diary piece after using the Constant Glucose Monitor to train for an ultramarathon. Read the piece online here.

Thesis Report

The report was part of my Da Vinci Concentration and presentation. It combines technical research with a a creative style that bolsters the topic of the importance of human-centered design and creativity within the engineering curriculum.

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