Brian Dear

Entrepreneur, traveler, universal dent-kicker..

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On kids and airplanes

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I travel extensively. Much of my wife’s family lives in San Antonio, Texas as well as Guadalajara, Mexico. My family lives in Houston and Austin. I met my wife while we were teaching near Shanghai, China. Our first baby, Sebastian, was born in China. Our second baby Sofi was born near New York City while we were living there because of our company iCouch. We lived in Mexico for 6 months and then France after that. Soon, we’ll be heading to Germany after spending 3 months in San Antonio. Needless to say, we are a very mobile, international family. My son’s passport has more stamps and visas than many people would get in their entire lifetime.

And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

There was a blog on FlyerTalk in 2012 that discussed the idea that some people would like to ban babies from airplanes. Of course, as a frequent traveler (both before having a family...

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We are all mentally ill.

Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. – Apple, Inc.

Perhaps the great ad campaign in the history of my universe was Apple’s “The Crazy Ones.” This was one of the few times an advertisement spoke to that trait of the human condition that actually results in action, innovation, experimentation. Most advertising preys upon your insecurities, for example, “Buy this product because it’ll make you sexy.” Or “Buy your kids this product because it’ll make them less annoying on long car rides.” Advertising, by definition, is designed to reach the masses. If you’ve read or watched any advertising lately, you can conclude...

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