Having worked at startups for the last decade, Zack is no stranger to a big and beautiful office downtown San Francisco, and yet once he was able to choose his fortunes, he settled for a suburban lifestyle with an office in his backyard. Being in a comfort of his home allows Zack to take breaks, see his kids during the day, enjoy the Sequoia trees in his backyard, and at the same time to stay super productive and to keep the company growing.
Back in the 80s, Zack grew up with his dad who was running a chimney-cleaning business of his own. Looking back, Zack can see that some of the “camping trips” him and his dad went on were actually times when they didn’t have a place to stay, but his dad made the best of it. Times were tough, and work wasn’t always easy to find, but they managed. The Bay was different back then. Now, as a dad himself, Zack makes it a priority to make sure his kids have a happy and healthy life, without the struggles.
Working remotely in the comfort of his own home, Zack can afford to enjoy family BBQs, go bike rides around town, and even jam together on guitars, drums, and piano with his kids. Being inspired by his dad, Zack takes an easy approach to extra curricular - expose them to a bunch of things so they know what’s available and let them get curious. The rest will take care of itself.
As far as parenting goes, no one can prepare you for it all. His advice is to give your kids some freedom, not to stress out too much about everything there is, and remember, everyone is just figuring it out day by day. Life will through some curve balls once in a while, figure out how to hit them!
About Rad Dad
Rad Dad is a series of conversations with successful, intelligent, and peculiar dads. We explore their lives and how being a parent has affected their decision making, view on the world, and the day-to-day struggles. You will hear fun stories, insightful discussions, and of course, occasional advice on how to to be a better parent. Wether it is a conversation with a world-famous music artist, a new dad struggling to get by, or an outspoken millionaire, everyone has a unique point to share.