Through our Reflections series we share nuggets of wisdom from our ongoing research for the Holstee Membership as well as personal experiences that have changed how we see the world.
August 26, 2017

Better together.

For better or worse, I have always been a very independent person.

In fact, it’s often my default mindset.

Doing something alone can be faster. It’s usually less complicated, and it allows you full control.

Mike is often the one to remind me of the importance of togetherness, of collaboration, even of friendship.

And he is right. Something special happens when you share an experience.

Everyday events can become adventures.

But friendships take time to build and energy to maintain.

They require an unconditional and selfless effort — but we invest ourselves into them because more often than not, some things are simply better when we do them together.

Thinking back on some of my fondest memories and looking ahead to what excites me most about the future, there is a common thread — both revolve around experiences with friends, family and colleagues.

What makes our lives count is the people who surround us. We share stories, ideas, laughter and silence. We challenge and are challenged. We understand and are encouraged by one another.

What in your life is better when not done alone?

Dave Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

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January 07, 2018

Life goals.

“Your audacious life goals are fabulous. We're proud of you for having them. But it's possible that those goals are designed to distract you from the thing that's really frightening you — the shift in daily habits that would mean a re–invention of how you see yourself.” - Seth Godin I was recently reflecting on what success looks like in my life. If I were to die in a week, a year, or a few decades, what would it take for me to be able to say, “Well, I did it — I accomplished everything I wanted. I lived a...


October 17, 2017


These days, I am finding myself wrapped up in the news — devastating tragedies, one after another.

My mind is filled with questions. Why would someone do this? How could it be possible? Why does it keep happening? What can be done now? The questions don’t seem to end.

I recently reached a point at which I was



October 03, 2017

Sandwich of the future.

I love sandwiches — both making and eating them. So when I heard that there was a famous man in Syracuse, Sicily, who makes just a few dozen sandwiches a day and has a constant line out the door, my interest peaked.

Turns out he doesn’t just make sandwiches but he



September 28, 2017

Wait till you see the flowers by the pool.

September 2015 was a big month for us.

I was about to get married, Dave was turning 30, and our third co-founder, Fabian, was about to start a new project after eight years of working with us on Holstee.

So at the very last minute, we decided to go on a combo bachelor-birthday-send-off weekend trip. We booked the only place we could find that was near nature and had availability that night. We borrowed a car and made our way north up Route 28 out of New York City.

When we arrived at the bungalow we’d booked, we looked around. Without saying anything, we knew exactly what one another was thinking



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