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My STory

Rafe Furst is an entrepreneur, impact investor, and a world champion poker player. ​


Furst began his career as an artificial intelligence researcher at the Kestrel Institute. He left academia to co-found his first company, Pick'em Sports, in 1996, which was sold to a public company in 1999.


Furst holds an M.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Symbolic Systems, both from Stanford University. Click here for full bio and here for curriculum vitae.

TRIGGER WARNING: The content that follows may not be suitable for children or sensitive adults. If that's you, please stick to the the bio.



It’s been a long, strange trip these past 50 or so years, and it feels like I’m waking up from a dream. I’m going to share with you some of that dream, with a warning. The parts I am sharing are not the pretty parts. Those you can find elsewhere.


This article is about letting go of control, regulating emotions, and shifting from the reckless, inchoate play of a child into responsible, coherent, adult creativity.



You will survive letting go of who you think you are.


What you have been told about how the Universe works is a half-truth.


You are not who you think you are.

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