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Three Thoughts from Joe Garvey

This week, I had a nice e-mail exchange with Joe Garvey, founder of San Francisco startup, Clash, a JoeGarvey_headshotcompany that challenges the status quo of team building for the likes of Apple, Google and FitBit with city-wide scavenger hunts that get coworkers out of their comfort zones.

I asked Joe three quick questions for my new series ‘Three Thoughts,’ which gives readers a peek inside the minds of smart and talented Rising Pros around the world.

 What podcast are you listening to and/or what book are you reading right now? 

I’m listening to the Serial podcast. It’s the first podcast I’ve ever listened to and it makes long drives seem short. I’m reading the book Raise the Bar, which is the foundation for bar economics. I opened a bar last year and there are countless nuances to running a successful venue that it harps on – how lighting drives sales, that liquor reps will pay you not to carry a competitors brand, what the goal of interior design is, and how important security is.

What was your worst job, and what was the best lesson you took away from it?

My worst job was as a legal assistant at an immigration law firm that dealt with asylum cases. I was fired after 3 weeks. It made me realize I’m not meant for a desk job.

What do you want to be remembered for 4o years from now?

I’d like to be remembered for being unpredictable and kinda crazy.

Check out Joe’s company Clash for ‘Team Building That Doesn’t Suck’ and grab an expertly crafted cocktail at his bar, Romper Room, the next time you’re by Union Square in San Francisco.

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