My name is Brad Barrish. I grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and now live in Los Angeles, California with my wife Laura Hess, our daughter, Cassidy and son, Ozzie. I’m currently taking some time off, researching artificial intelligence, which you can follow on my Substack as I figure out what’s next for me career-wise. I previously served as Vice President of Customer Experience for Oura and Director of Customer Experience at Sonos. I love working with founders and founding teams, which I do as an All-Star Mentor for Techstars and a Fellow with Conduit Venture Labs. Most of my mentoring is focused on building consumer products and services.
If you are interested in working with me, drop me an email at myfirstname@myfirstnameandlastname dot com. I can also be found on LinkedIn, Twitter, Bluesky, Mastodon. You can message me on Telegram if that’s your thing.
I love my MacBook Air M1. When I don’t want to bring a laptop, I have a still-amazing iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation) that I use with an Apple Pencil (2nd generation). If I’m leaving the connected devices behind, I’m writing primarily in Midori and Moleskine notebooks using Zebra Sarasa Clip Pen 0.4 mm (black, of course). I always have my Kindle Paperwhite loaded with books, but also occasionally carry a physical book as well.
I mostly use Gmail for emails, but enjoy Hey too. I use them both with custom domains. I use Google Calendar for appointments. I use Arc to browse the web, but often have Brave and Safari open as well. I use Feedbin as my RSS feed reader, which is the secret to how I consume so many websites and newsletters. I consider my tens of thousands of bookmarks among my most valuable possessions. Raindrop allows me to not only read things I bookmark, but also highlight and annotate. My bookmarks are also backed up to Pinboard for redundancy. I use Drafts as a scratch pad for text, a lot of which ends up in Tana, which I use for most of my notetaking and research. I use Apple Notes when I need to share notes.