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Meet the Farnam Street Team
Helping you master the best of what other people have already figured out.
Alex Duncan (CEO)
After 17 years in the military, Alex is honored to lead the team at Farnam Street. He’s shared what he’s learned with corporations, professional sports teams, and institutions of higher learning to help them think more clearly, make better decisions, and execute values-based leadership. He lives in Ottawa with the love of his life Ashleigh.
To decompress, Alex loves listening to his record collection, surfing, or you can find him paddleboarding outside the office on the historic Rideau Canal.
Rhiannon Beaubien (Writer, Managing Editor)
In a slightly less dramatic fashion than Jerry Maguire, Shane recruited Rhiannon from the same three-letter-intelligence agency where they both █████. A gifted writer and earnest truth seeker, Rhiannon brings a unique perspective, intellectual curiosity, and the courage to explore the tough questions that Farnam Street is known for.
She contributes to the blog as well as being the primary author of The Great Mental Models book series.
Rhiannon lives in Ottawa with her husband and two boys. She loves writing fiction, a good glass of wine, and (get ready for it) circus aerials on the high trapeze.
Rosie Leizrowice (Writer, Research)
Rosie started a blog when she was 13 and has been writing non-stop ever since. She has delved into nearly every topic imaginable, including fashion, lifestyle, mental health, creativity, writing, art, self improvement and more. Her writing is featured all over the internet, for which we’re grateful, since that’s how we found her. She’s also the Lebron James of research. Looking for an obscure historical fact or reference to make a point more interesting and impactful? Rosie will find you a dozen by lunch time.
She currently lives in London in an apartment that doubles as a celebrity photo studio. She enjoys black coffee (regardless of quality) getting tattoos, and exploring the world with a camera.
Devon Anderson (Director of Marketing and Community Engagement)
Devon views marketing as a battle for attention in a world of endless ideas — some good, some bad. If the wrong ideas get your attention, they can derail you for a long time. That’s why he’s brought his two decades of experience in sales, copywriting, and community building to Farnam Street. He believes the ideas shared by FS can keep people on a path of growth and progress, and are worthy of your attention.
Devon lives on the surface of the sun in Phoenix, Arizona with his lovely wife and 4 kids.
He loves motorcycles, puns, making noise on his electric guitar, and singing Neil Diamond on a karaoke stage.
Vicky Cosenzo (Operations)
Born and raised in Ottawa, Vicky studied Business Administration and is passionate about data and research. She’s here to support the team wherever possible. Before business, she dabbled in the culinary world, and loves to cook and visit the best restaurants around the world. She loves living in Centretown with her boyfriend Ayrton.
In her spare time, Vicky loves to read, run, dive into video games and sometimes binge a show (or two) at a time. She has a huge passion for Star Wars (including a few tattoos to show her love) and is very ‘sirius’ about Harry Potter.
Shane has a deep dislike for bios, but as the founder of Farnam Street, it’s only fair that he share something about himself. After receiving a Bachelor of Computer Science, Shane spent ██ years working for a three-letter-intelligence agency. He started as a ██████ and ended in charge of ████████████████. During his career, he was promoted ██ times, worked as ██████████████████ to the Deputy Minister, ██████████████████, and ██████████████████. Unfortunately, he can’t talk about anything more interesting without going to jail.
If you’d like a bit more insight into Shane’s background and how Farnam Street came to be, the New York Times did a good profile on Shane.
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