Turkey Mobile Payments: From Gold Coins to Carrier Billing

By Kurt Davis | July 4, 2019

To facilitate trade between the east and the west in the 4th Century, Constantine the Great established the gold solidus as the standard of currency. This coin retained its status for about 1,000 years. In its most flourishing periods, the Byzantine state may have produced as many as several hundred thousand gold coins and a […]

The Emerging Startup Scene in the “Lone Star State”

By Kurt Davis | June 20, 2019

When I signed up for a startup bus tour of three Texan cities, I did so primarily to gain an insight into the culture and geography of Texas, as well as its innovation scene. What I didn’t expect was the excitement, determination and cowboy-like commitment of all those involved and just how uplifting it was. […]

Trekking to Everest Base Camp Day 5 – Descent

By Kurt Davis | June 14, 2019

Day 5: Tengboche to Dingboche That night it dropped to around -15 degrees C and I had my sleeping bag zipped over my face, with only my mouth exposed to breathe. I felt chilled throughout the night and blamed it on the ice bucket, which had dropped my body temperature. I decided to take it […]

Commerce and Cricket in Dhaka,Bangladesh

By Kurt Davis | June 2, 2019

Most meaningful experiences: – Celebrating the Day of Language – Experiencing the Muslim prayer time as a calming and meditative action throughout the day – Discovering Bangladesh’s religious tolerance Top tips: – Discover the reality of life for factory workers in Old Dhaka –  Coincide your visit with the Day of Language to learn about […]

Trekking to Everest Base Camp Days 1-4

By Kurt Davis | June 2, 2019

Most meaningful experience: Becoming one with our mountainous environment and the altitude is a powerful experience and I think why so many people strive to reach the summit. It is a feeling that is difficult to describe but about the energy within us all. Getting used to the cold (in fact enjoying it), as well […]

An Intro to Yoga & Meditation the Isha Institute in Tennessee

By Kurt Davis | June 2, 2019

Before we began our road trip from Nashville to San Francisco, Clarence and I were interested to experience an Inner Engineering session at the Isha Institute. We’d heard good things about it but were still surprised to see a massive ashram in the middle of Tennessee. Not only was there a huge golden dome but […]

Top 10 Things I Learned Road Tripping Across the Northern Part of the USA

By Kurt Davis | June 2, 2019

When it came time for me to make my move to San Francisco in the summer of 2018, my friend Clarence and I decided to make a road trip of it from Nashville. Seeing as it was the middle of summer and to avoid the heat, we decided to take the northern route, traveling through […]

Discovering the Multi-Pronged Wellness Approach of the Iceman

By Kurt Davis | June 2, 2019

Key takeaways from my Iceman retreat: Intermittent fasting helps with mental clarity, fat burning, and hormonal health. Deep breathing can help to oxygenate your body and warm it up, enhancing your performance while running, doing push-ups (while holding your breath on either the exhale or inhale), as well as withstanding cold temperatures. Cold exposure shocks […]

10 Things I Learned from the WimHoff Method

By Kurt Davis | June 2, 2019

Know as the “Iceman”, Wim Hoff is spreading his methodology of breathing, cold, and focus around the world. Here are 10 things I learned from a weekend retreat. 1. Meditation can be achieved through deep breathing, which aggressively teaches one to control the mind and push out unnecessary thoughts. Deep breathing also helps to oxygenate […]

What to do in the Kansai Region – aside from Kyoto

By Kurt Davis | May 27, 2019

Kyoto is one of the most-visited cities in Japan and, in my opinion, somewhere you should visit during the low season to escape the hordes of tourists. If you decide to go, I highly recommend getting out of the city to explore the surrounding areas (after you’ve ticked off some of Kyoto’s top sights). In […]