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Mike Turner

Chicago, IL, United States

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Overview

  • 56 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning German, Spanish
  • 33, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Software Entrepreneur
  • BS in Aerospace Engineering
  • From Chicago
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

No mission, simply alive.

ABOUT ME

I'm a tech entrepreneur who builds online video games for mobile devices. I'm a flexible dude and enjoy pursuing sweet new experiences (like exploring new neighborhoods, climbing ruins, playing music on a whim with strangers, etc. etc. etc.)

PHILOSOPHY

Positive. Feminist.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I work on organizing events in whatever community I happen to be in at the time. At current, look out for my posts in the Chicago CS group, in there I tend to post events that fall under the category of unique fun like Urban Exploration, L-Rides, Flash Mobs, etc.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

My love affair with Couchsurfing started with needing a place to stay in Chicago a few years back and has turned into a full on hobby that I do on a regular basis.

I've hosted, surfed, partied, and organized and it's all been swell.

I like hosting better than surfing because it makes me feel super happy when I'm hooking surfers up. I'm not a host who will require anything from you - I enjoy when people feel comfortable and can do what they want. If you want to come in and spend your whole time out exploring alone, cool. If you you want to be given the grand tour of my locale and soak up as much as you want with me, also cool. Your choice.

As a guest, I'm really low-profile and high-respect. I definitely like getting to know my hosts when they have the time.

Interests

Biking, running, camping, hiking, astronomy, entrepreneurship, traveling, games, programming, socializing, akward dancing, beer, hosting guests, cooking vegan food, organic farming (my mother has one!), flying!, and other stuff.

Music, Movies & Books

Music: Electronica, Rock and or Roll, Meh-tal, Folk Music, Trip-Hop, World Music, Select Hip-Hop

Books: Anything Orson Scott Card, Dorky Science & Computer Books, Science Fiction Books.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Flown Planes, Jumped out of planes, Participated in a 2 week simulation of a manned mars mission in the middle of the utah desert (see the photo in my pics), helped get a US Congresswoman elected, Saw one of the first private manned spaceship launches in history, helped build real spaceships, started up 2 moderately successful companies, lived in Germany for 6 months.

But in terms of CS, all that is nothing, a lot of these CS-ers have outstaged me by 10x, and I hope one day to catch up with them in terms of amazing experiences.

Teach, Learn, Share

I've been a tech entrepreneur for a long time. I know how to build businesses and sell ideas. If you really need help in this area, I can give you my assistance in getting your business or non-profit off of the ground.

I'm also good at math if you need the help.

What I Can Share With Hosts

A helping hand, a cooked meal, a real exchange, friendship, handywork, entrepreneurial advice & philosophy.

I can well afford hotels when I travel, and I'll get those when I don't feel like interacting. When I do surf, it's strictly to have a positive social and cultural exchange with local people and build bridges.

I've been doing CS for 7 years and I know the meaning and good etiquette of it extremely well, and when I'm guest, I fully live the meaning & etiquette.

Countries I've Visited

Belarus, Canada, China, Czech Republic, India, Mexico, Poland, Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates

Countries I've Lived In

China, Germany, Ukraine, United States

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