Daniel Hoffer

Menlo Park, CA, United States

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  • Diverse experiences, Harvard BA, Columbia MBA
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About Me


To cultivate a heart as peaceful, joyful, and lovely as that of a flower. -- Toshitsugu Takamatsu


I am a truth-seeker (a philosopher), a traveler, a warrior, a businessman. Getting more mellow as I enter my mid-30's (relative to the crazy adventure-seeker I was for some of my 20's), but determined to keep the spark alive. Still have high hopes and dreams. Would like to change the world in some meaningful ways, both on the for-profit and non-profit side.


Always strive for perfection. Never forget where you came from. Remember what is important. An act of kindness is never wasted. What you do in life echoes in eternity. Keep fighting.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


As co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of CouchSurfing, I am a huge supporter of the organization - but it is the team that works full-time for the organization, and the members and contributors that make this community amazing, that do the real work every day!


Hosted friends for up to a month at a time and European surfers for a weekend .. couch surfed on a cycling trip from New Orleans to Atlanta, in a village in Indonesia, on a vacation in Sicily and in Colombia, during a business trip to Seoul, and at a remote cattle ranch in Texas (among other places) ..


Adventure travel, spirituality, cycling, hiking, tennis, budo, skiing, business, technology, nature. Good breakbeats free me.

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies: The Matrix, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Breakfast Club, Devil Wears Prada, The Usual Suspects, When Harry Met Sally, Batman Begins, American Beauty, some others. Books: The Fountainhead, Ender's Game, poetry (Rilke, Yuan Mei, Whitman). Music: Everything from Nickelback, Bon Jovi and Metallica to breakbeats, Enya and a cappella.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Spent 3 weeks trekking through the jungles of Borneo with indigenous Dayak headhunters.

Teach, Learn, Share

How to integrate, without cognitive dissonance, capitalist ambitions and a desire to help the world.

Countries I’ve Visited

Andorra, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, British

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, United States

Old School Badges

  • Vouches
    19 Vouches
  • Pioneer
    Pioneer Badge
  • Montreal
    Montreal Collective
  • Alaska
    Alaska Collective
  • Base camp
    BaseCamp Collective

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