2014 was a bit of a strange transition year for Dick Talens.
In March, I left the company that I spent almost every waking hour of the day working on since starting it in 2011. Part of the reason that I left is realizing that I've spent my mid-to-late 20's glued to a chair and monitor. After that, I spent the year traveling, drinking, chasing tail, and building up my coaching business to the point where I could earn a six-figure living if I just did that fulltime on my own.
As you can see above, I chased way too much tail this year.
With that being said, I will no longer be part of the fitness industry on a fulltime basis. While I do love coaching, writing, and devoting a chunk of my time to helping people with fitness, it's going to be more of a hobby/pet passion of mine for the time being.
On that note, I wanted to announce two awesome new things I'll be working on for 2015.
1. I am excited to announce that I'll be partnering up with co-founders Adrienne Tran (rockstar CTO) and Leo Babauta (yes, THE Leo Babauta from ZenHabits) to launch a new startup called Guild. (Invite list will be available at Guild.do in a few days.)
One of the amazing things that I discovered early on with Fitocracy was the ability that social+gamification had to change fitness lives. And while Fitocracy is firmly entrenched in the fitness space, there is no reason that this concept cannot be expanded to domains such as habit/productivity, personal finance, starting a business, or even whisky drinking.
I'll likely be moving to San Francisco. Yes, I love New York and am not very fond of San Francisco, but both of my co-founders are there and we'll likely be starting the fundraising process soon.
By the way, I've actually been doing a lot of coding as of recent. Unlike when I did a majority of the code that got Fitocracy from 0 to 200,000 users, I'm actually enjoying the process this time and making sure that I treat coding as a skill, just like fitness. (We're also launching with live Facebook-style updates on props and comments, weee!)
2. I'll be more of a permanent fixture for LifeHackers Health and Fitness content
I don't think that I can pull myself from the fitness industry completely. Being part of the industry has allowed me to help bridge the gap between the mainstream and really awesome fitness personalities, especially through launching Fitocracy's Knowledge Center and getting great industry content. When it comes to fitness content, most of it is really bad. Here's a Facebook post of mine from earlier today.
However, as you might have seen, I've contributed a fair bit of content to LifeHacker. When it comes to health and fitness, I love LifeHacker. They are one of the very few publishers that "get it." (along with a few others like Greatist, Fitocracy's KC, etc.)
I'm excited to announce that two weeks ago I agreed to become a more permanent contributor towards LifeHacker's health and fitness content.
This means both creating content on my own as well as highlighting the best stuff from the industry. That is, if you're one of the rare fitness professionals who is both evidence based and understands the way that human beings think and make decisions, I'll be highlighting a lot of your work on LifeHacker pretty soon.
Anyway, those are all of the updates from me. I'm going to be a bit quiet/heads down over the next few weeks so that I can stay on top of my coaching and we can launch Guild by January 1st and I also have quite a bit of LifeHacker content that's ready to go. I wish you all the best Holiday season and a grate 2015!