“Why didn’t you tell me you were writing a book?” a good friend asked recently. The truth was, I wasn’t even writing it when we last spoke. I was able to finish and publish it in just about 3 months.

How? Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). You can do it too! Here’s what I learned from self publishing my book Breakout Productivity on Amazon.

Amazon KDP is an incredible platform to self publish for these reasons:

  • It provides tools and templates to format for print & ebook
  • It has “Print on Demand” — Amazon will print and ship your book…


Breakout Productivity on Amazon

I’m thrilled to announce the release of my first book, Breakout Productivity. It’s best described as an all-in-one self-help book. It gives readers guidance to execute on their best ideas, ventures, and goals.

Breakout Productivity is purposely brief: it’s straight to the point and comes in at just over 100 pages. It’s filled with proven self-help methods, interactive exercises, tool recommendations, hacks and more.

I self-published this book using Amazon’s direct publishing, it is available on Amazon here. If you are interested in self-publishing a book, follow me for future posts on that topic.

In this story I will cover…


So it’s 2019. Guess what? There’s more information security threats than ever. These can put you at risk. Risk of losing your identity, funds and privacy. There are a few easy steps you can take to protect yourself. A lot of them are quite simple, and involve reviewing and cleaning up your online presence. In this post I will cover some simple ways to improve your personal security posture.

Disclaimer: This is advice based on my personal research, and is not exhaustive of all the security practices you should consider.

A Proper Password Manager

You need a good password manager, and you likely will…


Your credit score can be an enabler, or a blocker, to getting the things you want in life. That new house? Car? Loan? All will require you to have healthy credit. Unfortunately, the credit score algorithm isn’t understood by the average person. Over the last few years I’ve researched credit scores a lot, and here are the 10 things you should/shouldn’t do when it comes to credit cards.

Disclaimer: I am not a certified personal finance professional, and this is not investment advice. Please do your research!

Never cancel old cards

Credit age is a huge factor in your credit score. The older your…


Investing in startups is no longer limited to venture capital firms and angel investors who can write big checks. Enter AngelList Syndicates, a platform where you can participate in startup investment deals for as little as $1,000.

A few years ago, I backed my first Syndicate. Fast forward to today and I’ve made over 10 angel investments, and am now leading my own Syndicate with 1455 Ventures. I even got to meet Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank (!) through Syndicates (pictures below).

In this story I will explain AngelList Syndicates, with a specific focus on leading one. I will incorporate real-life examples with input from some of the top angel investors in my network.

What is an AngelList Syndicate?

For those who don’t know, an AngelList Syndicate is a Single Purpose Vehicle (SPV) legal entity created to…

Rob Thorpe

Writing about startups, productivity, and investing. Angel Investor. Author of Breakout Productivity amzn.com/dp/1797755242

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