I always admired people who lead interesting lives and make the sacrifices necessary to live them. When I was in high school, I thought that I wanted to be a writer, because the writers I admired had lived interesting lives. I always find it a little dismaying to see college kids who aspire to nothing more than summer internships at consulting firms so that they can graduate, go into consulting and lead dull grey lives for the next 30 years. I figure you have to change things up, take risks and do the things you’re passionate about. Yeah, you have to make money and the tension of figuring out how to get by without totally boring yourself to death is one of life’s navigational challenges. I’ve found that my life has gone in phases – following something I’m really passionate about until it plays itself out. Then it’s on to something else new and interesting. Usually I’m not sure what that will be.
In college and the years after I was passionate about writing. Then almost by chance I got a job on a team doing investigative documentaries for Japanese TV. There I started using the internet in its early days, and decided I wanted to pursue that. I started working at Den.net where I created a user generated travel site called the Inside Scoop which featured Travel Addict – basically live blogging before things like digital cameras were widely available. From there I joined forces with VirtualTourist and helped build that into the pioneering icon of early travel sites. In 2008, TripAdvisor acquired VirtualTourist where I stayed on as GM running the VirtualTourist team. In 2013, after more than a decade and with the imminent arrival of my first child, I decided it was time to ‘retire’ from VT so that I could spend some time with my wife and do some trips I had been hoping to do for a long time. Now I’m involved with Seraph Group which has exposed me to many interesting fellow members and smart entrepreneurs. I’m not certain where the next phase will take me, but I’m pretty sure it will be interesting.
The website of Giampiero Ambrosi