February 13, 2015 sam fisher

Hello, world!

Welcome to the first step in my latest adventure, Right Call Consulting! I’m thrilled to announce that at the end of the month, I will be moving to Denver to begin working full-time on my new company.

In a way, today feels more like my graduation than June 15, 2014, ever did. Traveling around the world this summer, it quickly became apparent to me that I wasn’t ready to leave Stanford just yet. I needed to be back. I needed to learn this place for a little longer, and working for Stanford Athletics was a wonderful experience. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to work for a mission I care so greatly about, and my colleagues were wonderful teachers and mentors. It was hard to convince myself to leave.

But now I’m ready for my next challenge. The ideas at the foundation of this company have been stewing in my head for over a year now. They started in a math cognition seminar I took during the fall of my senior year. I was way over my head in a class full of Ph.D.s and post-docs, but I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on how people interact with numbers at all levels of development.

These ideas grew stronger when I took another psychology seminar – this one on judgment decision-making – during my final quarter at Stanford. The papers I read allowed me to take my pre-existing ideas and apply them to the decision-making process. I started to visualize a world where decision makers felt empowered by the numbers around them rather than threatened by them or detached from them. It’s a human-computer interaction solution, and it’s a symbolic systems solution, which is why I feel so excited. This idea is the first one I’ve come upon that is perfect for me right now.

More than anything, I’m really looking forward to putting all that I’ve learned over the past 22 years to work. My time at Stanford has been transformational, but it’s time for me to learn from experiencing the rest of the world before I make my way back.

Don’t worry, Nerd Nation. I will come back. This campus has become my home, and you all have become my second family. I’ve had some of the best moments of my life here, and I look forward to being a more valuable member of this campus when I come back due to the experiences I’m about to have.

Thank you all for your support so far. Don’t be strangers. I’m always happy to answer questions on what I’m up to. And make sure to keep checking out this site to see the progress I’m making. Sorry to be vague for now — I’ll announce more soon.

All the best,

Sam

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