Ben Barbersmith

runner · developer · entrepreneur


— Last updated on Feb 5, 2020

Living in Reading with my wife, Carol, and 1 year old daughter, Anna.

Trying to find a way get enough family time while working 40 hours per week at Google and commuting for almost 3 hours per day. Working from home a lot as a compromise. Strongly considering quitting instead and taking a couple of years to try and build my own business.

Working on Caster Level before dawn and during commutes. Trying to grow it from a hobby business (£4k/yr) into a sustainable lifestyle business (£20k/yr). Marketing Spell Tracker for Pathfinder 1e to grow revenue while researching and prototyping Spell Tracker for Pathfinder 2e.

Spending a few hours every now and again to scope out potential businesses relating to race organization and running club management.

Brushing up on my Go skills via Exercism and the aforementioned Spell Tracker for Pathfinder 2e prototyping.

Reading about effective altruism and related topics like existential risk. Donating 10% of my post-tax income to some of the top GiveWell charities in 2020. Considering taking the Giving What We Can pledge to make it permanent next year.

Running around 50km per week without any particular plan. Trying to find a way to fit a weekly long run (half-marathon or longer) into my routine. I’d like to try and run sub 1:27 at Wokingham Half Marathon or Reading Half Marathon, but I need to start training if that’s going to become a reality.

Watching my weight again after putting on 4kg since the end of my paternity leave.

Tentatively trying to write more. But it’s the lowest priority on this list, which is already too long.

(This page is inspired by Derek Sivers’s post The /now page movement.)

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