“Every time in my life, every time I have taken a risk – a big risk that wouldn’t make any sense for what you would do if you wanted to go and be the CEO of a big company – every time I had done that, it paid off. It ended up being immensely helpful.” – Dick Costolo
Dick is currently the CEO of Chorus, a digital platform that is coming soon to re-imagine the path to personal fitness. He served previously as CEO of Twitter from 2010-2015, during which time the company grew from roughly 300 to 4,000 employees and revenue grew from nothing to $2B per year. Before his time at Twitter, Dick was CEO of FeedBurner which sold to Google in June of 2007. He was also an advisor on Season 3 of HBO’s Silicon Valley. Today, Dick lives with his family in Marin, California. We caught up for a quick workout at CrossFit Marin before sitting down to record this podcast.
In this episode we discuss:
- Growing up in Michigan
- His decision to pursue stand-up comedy after completing his undergraduate degree in Computer Science.
- Dick’s exercise background from couch to the Chicago Marathon and finally discovering CrossFit
- Introducing CrossFit to employees at Twitter
- How the resiliency and camaraderie of CrossFit translates to the corporate world
- Dick’s 2013 commencement speech at the University of Michigan
- His decision to leave Twitter and spend more time with his daughter and family
- What led him to start his current company, Chorus
- Digital fitness platforms and accountability
- How his day-to-day life has changed going from the corporate to start-up
- Dick’s daily schedule
- Intermittent Fasting
- Three things Dick does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
- One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on Dick’s health
- What a healthy life looks like to him
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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.
QUESTION: What is one risk you’ve taken that has paid off in unexpected ways in your own life? Let me know in the comments below!