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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.​

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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