Towards the end of 2011 a good friend of mine started a conversation with me about doing a joint blog. We found common ground by focusing on management an education. We spent the first half of 2012 trying to keep up the motivation to write, but it tapered off over time (something I hope doesn’t happen with this blog). Either way, I spent a good amount of time on the articles that I wrote there, and wanted to preserve them. So I’ll be transferring them over to this blog and tagging them “Synergasm”. I think a few are pretty good. You can read our inaugural post below to find out what we originally set out to do.
What is SYNERGASM? Borrowing from the Urban Dictionary, this word is defined as expressing oneself using several business buzzwords in rapid succession. We are all confronted with a lot noise around our jobs, including terrible buzzwords. We want to cut the noise a bit and have an honest talk about management and education. We want to find a way to help future students or employees (and employers) do better and do more.
As confounded young professionals, we found ourselves scribbling notes on things that struck us odd about corporate culture. Together, these notes became stories and these stories became Synergasm, the blog on management and education. Our goal is to begin a dialogue between young professionals, our corporate overlords, and the broader world. It is our hope that through conversation we will be able to create stronger professionals, greater managers, better businesses, and in a very small way, a better world to work and live within.
Timothy Schaaf, 28, is a five year veteran and strategic financial analyst for a large asset manager. When not worrying about global financial markets, Tim spends his time reading, exploring, enjoying food or otherwise pretending to be a chef (Chez Timmay) in his own kitchen with generally acceptable results. He lives with his wife, Andrea, and splits his time between Michigan and New York City.
Nathan Biller is a 25 year-old living in the happening town of Grand Rapids, MI. He’s a part-time photographer, a wannabe real estate mogul, and a nerdy Excel-junkie that works for the world’s largest office furniture manufacturer as a financial analyst when not working on articles for synergasm.
He has some diverse hobbies including playing handbells with the Embellish Handbell Ensemble, SCUBA diving, and travelling to new places!
Nathan also has a life goal: to solve the education problem in America, hence his interest in this blog. His goal in writing these articles is to uncover novel ways of dealing with education and to connect with others that have a similar passion!