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Richie Thomas

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  • 62 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Chinese, Spanish
  • 34, Male
  • Member since 2009
  • Software Consultant
  • University of Southern California, 2002
  • From I grew up near Berkeley CA, and I lived in LA for 9 years.
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About Me


Find someone to have a moustache contest with.


-Studied abroad in Copenhagen during uni.

-Moved to Shanghai in 2007 to teach English. Planned on staying for maybe 2 years, ended up staying for 5+ years.

-April 2013- moved to Chicago to study software design.

-August 2014- moved to San Francisco, the software capital of the world!


BYOA (Bring Your Own Awesome)- http://advancedriskology.com/bring-your-own-awesome/

"You can read everything there is in the world about a place, but there is no substitute for smelling it."
-Rolf Potts, "Vagabonding"

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
-Wayne Gretzky

"The 80/20 Rule" (look this book up; trust me, it's worth it)

Maxwell Maltz:

-The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere.

-Develop a nostalgia for the future, not the past.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing



May 2010- @ Tokyo w/ Yas
March 2011- @ NYC w/ Neil
October 2011- @ Beijing w/ Yang Shi


October 2011-
Alies and Helga (Holland)
Shari and Aaron Kuczer (Canada)
Rui Rui (Xi'an, China)
Mischa (Xinjiang, China)

November 2011-
Joe (Scotland) and Daniel (Israel)
Elena (Guangzhou, China)
David (Germany)

December 2011-
Joey (Singapore)
Andrea and William (Italy)
Wu (Taiwan/USA)
Sam (USA)
Scott (Vancouver, BC)
Jonathan (Florida, USA)
Fadhilah and Liana (Singapore)
Stuart (Hunan, China)

Update: I stopped maintaining this list, since the reference list overlaps with it. To all my guests and hosts, thanks for being awesome people. :-)


Independent film, food trucks, EDM, good people, and coding.

Music, Movies & Books

Films- Tarantino, Nolan, Kubrick, Coen brothers, Mario Bava, Samuel Fuller, early Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Park Chan-Wook, Godard, Truffaut, Jon Waters, Almodovar, Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro. And I can't leave out Tommy Wiseau.

Books- Most psychology stuff (Maxwell Maltz, Robert Cialdini, etc), The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, A Confederacy of Dunces, Haruki Murakami.

Music- Click Here to check out my page on Hype Machine.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Bangladesh, Feb. 2010- Went on a 5-day Exposure Visit with Grameen Bank, the pioneers of microlending and winners of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Met a woman in a poor rural village who started with literally nothing and is now able to put her 2 children through university and is running a successful small business.

Teach, Learn, Share

I'm a largely self-taught professional web developer, and super-interested in startups. If you are as well, I will talk your ear off about that and hope you'll do the same.

I can teach you how to make an awesome pesto sauce, ready in 10 minutes and tastes delicious. SF has some great grocers and I'll jump at the chance to make a meal with you.

Countries I've Visited

Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Fiji, France, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Monaco, Philippines, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City State

Countries I've Lived In

China, Denmark, United States

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