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Hi my name is Igor and I fight the good fight. You can too.

Now that I’ve announced my return from writing retirement, let’s address the elephant in the room. What the hell am I up to nowadays? Well, one thing in particular absorbs about 150% of my awake time. The beast of burden? The one and only Bootstrap Compost. I live it. I breathe it. It smells like compost. I figure I should to tell you a bit more about it, and how I got here, and some other personal tidbits to fill the gaps.

Boothead

Saving the world one Bootstrap bucket at a time. BIG thank you to all our subscribers!

[puts on corporate hat] Hi my name is Igor Kharitonenkov and I am co-founder and Vice President of Bootstrap Compost (BSC). BSC is a residential and commercial food scrap pickup service founded in Boston in January 2011. Our mission is to collect organic material and redistribute it to area farms for the sake of composting. Every day, we divert hundreds of pounds of food scraps from landfills, and in the process, help create a valuable resource for the local food community by creating a safe, nutrient rich, all natural soil amendment. All told, we serve to empower individuals and families by building a community around composting. To date, serving over 450 subscribers, we’ve diverted nearly 200,000 pounds of compostable material from landfills. As VP, I spearhead business development.

[takes off corporate hat] You’ll have to excuse me, but I can’t explain the trajectory, even to myself. I went from an unemployed, grad-school dropout. I was a depressed blogger, a guy whose alarm clock was set to double digits, only so I could get up to write in my pajamas. In many ways, I was a bleeding-heart liberal looking for a solution in a society that seemed apathetic to solutions. And here I am, co-founding a popular, market-proven and growing green startup company, making a real impact in our community. And we’re really doing it. Our clients, the press, fellow entrepreneurs, they love us. The plants love us. It’s really too fucking much to think about. I’ll psychoanalyze later.

MC2012 reception

Bootstrap Compost took part in MassChallenge 2012 as finalists! Pictured at the reception.

Just today, I found myself on a panel at Harvard speaking about social entrepreneurship. I know what you’re thinking, but c’mon I gotta name drop, it’s Harvard. And they gave me a sweet pen for participating. Which means I feel like a made man, Goodfellas style. Anyway, I was asked about the mentality of succeeding as an entrepreneur. My advice? Fake it until you make it. It’s what I said and it got a good laugh. But I’m not selling myself short, this is relevant. I told the story of my friend who cheated on every test in college. He got a degree without putting in half the work. He’s now a successful businessman. I don’t endorse this by any means. I believe in an honest day’s work. But my friend has serious charisma and can sell you fire in hell. As for me, I’m not as naturally gifted. But maybe I was in the right place at the right time. Maybe it was my hard work. I think it was a combination, but mostly, it was good attitude and a hope that just one day, maybe one day, I’d be able to prove that yes, I do in fact have some talents to offer this real world. It was a fight and I had my doubts. I got depressed. But I knew a better day would come. I faked that good day, until I got there. I’m still, in many ways, getting there.

Harvard pen

This pen? Gold. Totally worth sharing my opinions with undergrads at Harvard

To those who know me best, I’ve always been a believer in that cliche JFK quote, “to whom much is given, much is expected.” Living in the United States with a college degree in hand, I’m like in the top 5% of the global population. I pretty much have a golden ticket, no matter what happens, so I’m doing what I set out to do: fight the good fight in the name of mother nature. And I’m making a living doing it.

 

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Olympic Dreams – My Video Entry for Backpacker Magazine’s Field Scout Contest

“Backpacker Magazine is hosting a video contest to send someone on a paid week-long trek to any destination in the lower 48 states?”

Sign me up!  I first heard about this contest back in November from my friend and hiking buddy Greg Soster, a self-made mountain-man who has climbed over forty 4,000 foot peaks in the White Mountains (NH) in the past year alone.  It took Greg and I all of two seconds to decide that we should enter; both our resumes are overflowing with epic outdoor experiences that span the forests, rivers, deserts and mountains of three continents.  Greg and I both enjoy savoring the memories of our trips with stunning photography.  I also seek the intense meditative qualities of outdoor adventures that seem to clear my head and provide personal inspiration for stories, reflections, and videos (which can be found right here on IGORoamandreport).  To put it simply, Greg and I are the dream team for Backpacker Magazine’s Field Scout Contest.

It was a cold and rainy December night when I packed up my camera equipment and hopped on a bus to see Greg in Littleton, New Hampshire, a quiet town on Continue reading

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What Dreaming Feels Like

I’m a grain of sand on a vast and crowded beach.  You walk around and you step on me.  You don’t feel me.  I’m nothing to you.  I go unnoticed for years.  When the tide takes me in and carries me away, you won’t see me.  You won’t hear me.  But one day, when I’m swept away into the vast ocean and I land on a pearl, you’ll want me.  You won’t know the amount of times I’ve been buried deep in the sand and forgotten.  You won’t know the currents I’ve endured at sea or the miles I’ve traveled.  But when I’m on my pearl you’ll want me, but you won’t have me.

Somewhere between dreams and reality

Creative souls are tortured.  We have dreams and we are bold; we are imaginative and insightful.  Yet the shackles of our social prison bear heavily on us.  We are forced to sacrifice any sense of stability for our vision.  We travel down unpaved roads.  Continue reading

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Every Beginning Has an End, But Every End is the Start of a New Beginning: 2010 in a Nutshell.

It’s been one hell of a year: I quit my PhD program. I founded IGORoamandreport. I had my car stolen. I made a documentary. I suffered unemployment for three months.  I worked on a movie set.  I went broke.

Yes, 2010 has been a wacky year filled with dramatic personal highs and unspeakable lows. Leaving graduate school, I was thrilled about breaking the chains of an unhappy future and jumping head-first into unknown waters.  At times, however, I’ve felt lost and alone on my journey. At other times I’ve celebrated incredible breakthroughs.

Drawing by Katie Beck

For good or bad, I feel as if 2010 was a year in which adult life decided to beat me over the head with a shovel on more than one occasion. It was a year in which the comfortable routine of 17 years of schooling disappeared to reveal the inner me, a kid in his early twenties, stripped naked and trying to make sense of the greater world around him.  Continue reading

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Photo Essay – Attending Roger Waters’ “The Wall” tour: A must-see event!

I will always remember October 3rd, 2010 as an extremely important day in my life; it was the day my mind was blown wide open by Roger Waters’ performance of “The Wall.”

A theatrical display of previously unseen proportions.

There were giant, inflated “Mothers” and angry “Teachers” staring you down with vicious blood red eyes, airplanes and helicopters flying unregulated throughout the arena, wild explosions, and an on-stage “Wall” the size of a football field displaying ultra high definition video projections.  It was breathless and breathtaking.  There was laughter and there were tears.  Singalongs and epic guitar solos.  And still, there was the music that was written decades ago but is still relevant today, of one Roger Waters, and his masterpiece, “The Wall.”

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Premiering: “Stories from Boston’s Emerald Necklace” – Marilyn Rodriguez

Now Playing in High Def on a Computer Near You!

Welcome to the first official online video premiere of my summer project!  Over the past several months, I have served the roles of film-maker, cameraman, writer, journalist, video producer, editor, and web-developer for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.  What started as one man’s vision to build awareness and appreciation of our city parks through video and media has transformed into an archive of touching, endearing, and compelling stories from Boston’s historic Emerald Necklace.  Over the next six weeks I will individually unveil and present each story as a weekly publication on IGORoamandreportMore about the Stories Project here.

First up, Marilyn Rodriguez.  Marilyn revisits childhood memories at the Franklin Park baseball fields, a venue where family, friends, and community gathered together, watched, and played in the Hispanic Baseball League.  Enjoy!

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5 Everyday Tips Video: Save Money and Go Green

IGORoamandreport’s debut for envisionGood.tv

I must be one lucky guy.  Then again, as the great Bret Michaels once uttered, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”  Make no mistake, Bret – yes, I am talking about Bret Michaels – is a winner.  He is a world famous musician, Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, and conqueror of many personal battles.   The point is, no matter who or where you are in life, no matter what you do and what you inspire to do, stay focused and stay positive.  Remember to work hard and you will be rewarded.

I was recently appointed as media producer for an up-and-coming social media website, envisionGood.tv.  envisionGood strives to promote and inspire positive social innovation through journalism, media, and online networking.  I am very excited about this opportunity, and I am eager to further promote conservation, sustainability, and green technology through this new outlet.  Thank you and enjoy my first production!

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