Morgan Hartley

Writer, Waiter, Redhead.

Chief of Comedic Relief

Get to know him:

Adventure has been my passion for as long as I can remember. It started when I was 11, when I learned to sail among the inner islands of the Sea of Cortez. Every year from then on, the adventures got bigger. I volunteered as a research assistant tracking Sperm Whales on an Alaska fishing boat at 15, crewed a tall ship in the Mediterranean when I
was 17, and loafed around South America through my college years, buying the cheapest plane tickets I could find, wherever they took me.

When I graduated from the University of Chicago, where I studied Political Science, the wanderlust had never been stronger. A non-profit that I had co-founded called Moneythink was gaining strength, and several startups asked me to run their sales teams. But I wanted only one thing: to continue adventuring. So I came up with the bicycle trip, on the grounds that it sounded hard, and gave Chris a call.

In the end though, I’m riding my bike to Shanghai because I love to travel, and because I love writing. This blog will be the sum of those impressions, distorted into comprehensible ideas.

I’m in this for the fun of it, and I hope you’ll join us for a ride.


Chris Walker

Traveling Enthusiast, Music Snob, Journalist.

Trained Road Warrior

Keep Current with Chris:

My first experience really spending time abroad was during my junior year at UCLA when I went to study in Argentina. I lived in Buenos Aires with a retired general and his chain-smoking housewife. Somehow I maintained passing grades while disappearing on weekends for treks in Patagonia and the Andes. I think it was my time in South America that planted the seeds of my desire to see more of the world, and connect deeply with locals in the places I’d travel to – not just see things based upon the recommendations in a travel book.

When Morgan called me in Fall 2011 with the idea of biking from France to China, I was trying to figure out what to do after college. I was considering entering the music industry, but didn’t exactly know why. I did know there was a lot more of the world that I wanted to explore.

So I jumped.

Behind the Scenes

Production Team


Loren Nielsen


Loren is the principal and co-founder of ETC, or Entertainment Technology Consultants. There, Loren leads content production for the marketing of high-end display technology. She specializes in bringing together the electronics and entertainment sectors, guiding the introduction of new technology.

She is featured in the book Deadline! (Amacon Press), is a member of the Board of Directors of RKO Pictures, and of the Hollywood Post Alliance. In 2006, Loren was recognized with the ShoWest Digital Cinema Pioneer Award.

Garrett J. Smith


Garrett J. Smith is currently CTO of Ha Productions based in Santa Barbara. He previously served as vice president, production technology and digital mastering operations at Paramount Pictures. During his 24-year tenure at Paramount, Garrett participated in the development of DVD, HDTV and Digital Cinema Initiatives. Prior to Paramount Pictures, he worked in various post-production positions including; post-production supervisor for “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”; director, post-production for Columbia Pictures Television; and manager, film services at CBS Network Television. Garrett is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Science and Technology Council. He is also an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers and an adjunct associate professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Kelly Smith

Film Editor

Kelly Smith has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 25 years. Getting her start in radio as an editor and voice talent, she then moved into television, producing, writing, and editing hundreds of local TV commercials and infomercials in
Santa Barbara, CA. Then Kelly moved into documentaries. She edited documentaries and documentary series for Discovery, National Geographic, NHK, the History Channel, the SciFi Channel and Animal Planet. She worked with Jean-Michel Cousteau as sole producer and lead editor on SeaScope, an award-winning, 52-episode children’s series. Kelly went on to win two Daytime Emmy nominations while working on The Dr. Phil Show. Now the president of Ha Productions, Kelly is moving into the world of stereo 3D and file-based editorial Currently, Ha Productions has an S3D concert series and an S3D feature documentary in development. She is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), the Motion Picture Editor’s Guild (IATSE, Local 700) and I3DS – The International 3D Society.

Ted Hartley

Film Adviser

In a dual role as Chairman and CEO, Ted Hartley is responsible for RKO’s development and production of both stage and screen.

Ted Hartley is a graduate of Annapolis with graduate studies at Georgetown University and Harvard Business School. A jet fighter pilot off aircraft carriers, a Presidential White House aide, a Wall Street executive and an actor — staring in film roles opposite Cary Grant, Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood — Mr. Hartley fills his life with results.

Mr. Hartley’s combined skills in investment banking and entertainment have aided in refinancing and rebuilding RKO Pictures Corporation with its award-filled library. He has produced six of the RKO films released in the past ten years including Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, Are We Done Yet?, Mighty Joe Young, Shade, Laura Smiles, and Milk and Money. He was the Executive Producer on the made-for-television movies The Gin Game and The Magnificent Ambersons. His stage productions on Broadway won Tonys three years in a row. He is also a published poet. He is a founding board member of the Steadman-Phillipon Sports Foundation, The Story Project, and sits on numerous corporate and charity boards.

Our Partners


Mountain Hardwear

An industry leader in outdoor apparel, Mountain Hardwear focuses on more than just the craftsmanship and design of their outstanding products; it is a company driven by a vision of boldness – about enabling that rush of life that comes when you throw your weight forward and lunge for the goal that’s just of reach. And that’s just what they’re doing for the Postulate One project: enabling our goals by providing us with quality shell jackets utilizing their Dry Q Elite technology, insulating jackets with their trusted synthetic designs, waterproof pants, and more. Thanks to Mountain Hardwear, we’ll be ready for the elements.

The North Face

Through the 1960s, The North Face brand cherished a following amongst avid outdoor athletes and began sponsoring expeditions to some of the most far-flung, still largely untouched corners of the globe. This launched a proud tradition which continues in full force today and constantly reinforces The North Face mantra, Never Stop Exploring™. Offering an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear, THF is enabling our exploration by keeping us warm in some of Eurasia’s most trying climates with their Pamir Windstopper Gloves, and Men’s performance top and bottom baselayers. We’re happy to have the North Face on board, use their products and you’ll understand why.

ECOS Performance

ECOS Performance is dedicated to creating great looking, high performance cycling and running clothing that is friendly to the environment. All of their apparel is made with recycled polyester fabric, specially designed to keep you cool, dry and comfortable even under the most extreme conditions. At Postulate One, we would know. We’re supporting both the men’s superlight cycling jersey and men’s event cycling jersey. Check out all their cool products at

Adventure 16

With five locations in the Southern California area, Adventure 16 has developed a reputation as being one of the best outdoor outfitters in the United States. They were the outfitters who led the industry in introducing the Lifetime Guarantee on all products being their name, and are known for a level of customer care and expertise hard to find at some of the larger retail chains. As a supporter of our venture, A16 has been a go-to resource for the Postulate One project.

Support Networks

Polsky Center

The Polsky Center advances the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation through a broad range of activities, including academics ,research, conferences, competitions, and global and community outreach. The Polsky Center is the foremost resource for all Booth students and alumni as they pursue entrepreneurial endeavors and private equity careers at Chicago Booth.

RKO Pictures

RKO is the oldest of the continuously operating movie studios, and occupies a unique place in the history of filmmaking. With a legacy that includes classic films like Citizen Kane, King Kong, and It’s a Wonderful Life, the modern RKO Pictures produces, finances and distributes both original entertainment and remakes of its classic films. Its dual chairman and CEO, Ted Hartley, has come on board as Postulate One’s principal financier.

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