Writer, Waiter, Redhead.
Chief of Comedic Relief
I just graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Political Science. Much of my time in college was spent co-founding and growing Moneythink, a non-profit dedicated to teaching financial literacy through entrepreneurship. It’s still growing all over the country, with the bright leadership of my co-founders.
Since graduating, I’ve been mostly trying to figure out what’s next, consulting on non-profit fundraising in New York and waiting tables at a Sushi restaurant in Paris.
Last year, I asked my Grandfather for a Christmas Challenge instead of a gift. He challenged me to write a book and publish it by 2012. This trip was, in some ways, inspired by that challenge.
In the end though, I’m going to ride my bike to Hong Kong because i love to travel, and because I love writing. The book and blog will simply 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.
Traveling Enthusiast, Music Snob, Journalist.
Trained Road Warrior
Having just graduated from UCLA with a degree in communication studies, I am more than excited to be involved with Postulate One. For me, the trip is a personal one — striking a balance between my interests in citizen journalism while encouraging personal growth through the inevitable challenges that lie ahead.
For Postulate One to be successful, the stories of the people we find will need to be driven by effective narratives. This is something I have strived to perfect during my tenure in college. In managing the productions department at UCLA Radio, writing for LA Weekly, producing local musicians through my own production company, and studying media strategies in the classroom, the common objective has been to move audiences through apt and compelling media content. This is a skill I hope to bring to Postulate One, and the fantastic journey Morgan and I are about to undertake.
Other than that, I am on board for my love of travel, and look to be inspired by individuals who are tackling important issues. I realize I am at perhaps the only point in my life when I’ll be presented such a unique opportunity as this trip. As such, I plan to take full advantage of it. I hope you’ll follow along.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 http://ecosperformance.com
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.
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 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.