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 06, 2017

Forget the labels.

It happens all the time. We try to simplify the story of someone’s existence into a single label.

We are incredibly quick to categorize everyone and everything — creating labels for both ourselves and others.

A jock, a Jew, a hipster, a tourist, a Republican, a Knicks fan.

We do this to better understand where we belong and where others belong in our lives.

The problem is that a single label packs a string of assumptions, stereotypes, and ideas that rarely capture the true essence of a person.

The truth is, the better we understand ourselves, the more we understand how similar we are. At the same time, the more we understand the universe, the more we understand how meaningless these labels really are.

Not only are we humans so very similar in so many ways, but we are also similar biologically and historically to the animal kingdom we evolved from and the environment we are destroying.

At the most simple level, we are of the same basic elements.

Sometimes you just need to take a step back to see something in its entirety. To get perspective.

Mike and Dave Radparvar
Co-Founders, 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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