Andrew Horn: New York City

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Hi, I’m Andrew! I’m currently spending my time building – We’re on a mission to build technology products (specifically video) that spread love and gratitude in the world. 
I also speak/write about stuff I wish I knew I was younger at

What’s your historical Los Angeles and New York connection?
My dad grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn and my mom grew up a few hours north of L.A. in San Luis Obispo. I grew up in Hawaii (I know, rad), but found myself visiting uncles and aunts in both cities on more than a few family vacations.

I moved to NYC (Williamsburg) in 2013 to be with my partner Miki. I started spending more time in L.A. for consulting projects, and because so many friends started moving there to escape the NYC winters.

Describe your experience in LA and your experience in NYC
I had been building non-profits and had good friends in my early twenties, but I found my tribe in NYC. It was the first place I felt like I was able to connect with a thriving group of individuals that were motivated to do good in the world, experience all life had to offer and truly support one another. I still think NYC is the most inspired and endlessly interesting place on earth, but community was and is, the reason I’m still here.

In 2012, I started surfing again (Rockaway Beach) and it quickly became my favorite addiction. Trips to L.A. were more enticing and the call to “snowbird” and leave NYC for L.A. in the winter became more of a priority. L.A. and specifically Venice have always represented a healthier, more tranquillo way of living. When I’m out there, I find myself going deeper with fewer people and doing more in nature, which is what I’m more called to these days.

What was the biggest challenge of moving from LA to NYC?
The challenge right now is reconciling how effectively my partner and I can run our companies remotely. I’ve got 5 people in Williamsburg and she has 30 in Chelsea. There is an unknown element to what we we might be sacrificing by leaving our teams for several months every year and that definitely factors into the move. It helps to have some friends that have made the jump successfully and as we get closer to having a family and buying our first home, we both want to invest some time in places that we might want to raise a family.

How can NYC and LA best engage with each other?
LA should provide ample airbnb rentals from the months of January to April. 

Favorite LA secret spot
Cyclones Bicycling Club.

Favorite NY secret spot
You can hop on the A train from Manhattan and be on the beach in the Rockaways in about an hour. I certainly didn’t know this when I moved here. While there, eat at Rockaway Beach Surf Club for tacos and kick it at Playland Motel.

If you weren’t building what you were now, what would you be doing or building?
Building values-based surf communities around the globe through theboardmeeting.comand speaking/writing about connection, overcoming shyness and articulating the value of your ideas. 

Inflight Entertainment: What song/album/podcast/show have you been engaged with lately?
Fresh Air and Radiolab are the consistent go-to’s, and I do a monthly soundcloud mix with my favorite songs to work to – Here is one that everyone seems to enjoy:

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