Welcome

UPDATE: I am very honored to be part of the Microsoft TEALS program, which will have me teaching computer science in the Cleveland Public School System during the 2019/2020 school year. I have had an amazing career because of programming, and I am very honored now to be able to pass on my enthusiasm for it to the next generation.

Hello, we are Olya and Ben; welcome to our website! Originally this site was mostly about only Ben (boring!) but now is about both of us, our life together, and the work that we do.

So be patient with us as we update this site to reflect our partnership, and our shared life. In the meantime, forgive us if a lot of the content is only from Ben’s perspective. (haha)

About Ben

This site is all about me, my interests, my projects, and my inventions.

Specifically, this website is about creativity, and contains many resources to help you find it in yourself.

I am a life-long lover of classical music, and I had the privilege of studying music with the concert pianist Nicholas Constantinidis. I will post more videos later. But if you want to hear me play, here is a short video.

This website is part of my creative process, a reflection of my belief that creativity is inherent to each person’s nature, but which at the same time is something that must be developed through consistent practice.

My site is infused throughout with the spirit of the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. Therefore, don’t expect perfection (or even flashy content) here! Instead, it is my hope that you will appreciate the authentic simplicity of my sharing, and perhaps be inspired to find increased creativity in your own life.

You can get to know me by browsing around my site, but probably the best way to understand my unfolding spiritual journey is to read the short stories I wrote about my process. Another way to see what I am all about is to check out the page about my personal philosophy, beliefs, and world-view. I am also particularly proud of my mystical poetry, which can be found on my writings page.

About Olya

(coming soon…)

“Olya Pritchard is a native speaker of both English and Russian, with various levels of proficiency in other languages.

In addition to directing the unfolding of Kundalini Software generally, Olya also oversees the translation-related work needed to bring Lightning Path content to a world-wide audience.”

Blogging

Mostly I blog about the piano, ambidexterity, yoga, neurohacking, travel, software development, and a contemporary system of self-actualization which is called The Lightning Path.

Additionally, I try to use this blog to tell stories from my life; I call this Digital Storytelling.

You can also find lots of my posts on my Lightning Path Blog.

Content

Probably the easiest way to get to see what I am up to is to checkout my news feed, which contains both new and old content and is ever evolving.

For a thematic list of my writings, please see my writings page, where I’ve posted some of the fiction, poetry, and academic essays that I’ve written. (I bring my latest works of creative writing and poetry to the Summit Creative Writers’ Roundtable meetings, where I am a member. Contact me for more information if you would like to attend one of our meetings.)

You can also checkout my audio content, which is called The Kundalini Podcast.

I also have some of my travel photography posted here.

Finally, you can view some of the ambidexterity-promoting piano exercises that I’ve composed (which are designed to be used with my Kundalini Piano Mirroring Platform) by checking out the online score viewer that I created.

Kundalini Software

I maintain a small software company on the side called Kundalini Software, which I have successfully “boot-straped” into existence over the past few years. (Click here for the full story.)

Additionally, based on my experiences creating the company, I have created quite a bit of content aimed at helping other aspiring entrepreneurs. I call my creativity-first approach to entrepreneurialism the Gonzo Startup Method, and I make it freely available online.

Recently we received a grant through the National Science Foundation‘s I-Corps program to help us commercialize one of my inventions.

Finally, as of summer, 2019, I now have co-working space in an amazing space in downtown Akron called the Bounce Invocation Hub. I also work out of Startmart in Cleveland.

I use my software company primarily as an avenue to develop (and attempt to commercialize) items from my invention portolio. Although I have other active projects, currently I am putting most of my efforts into commercialization of The Kundalini Piano Mirror, and I pitched it at several venues this summer.

Contact

Finally, if you are interested in meeting or working with me in person, please see my coaching page or my contact page. Additionally, it is also possible to get in touch with me through the “Ask An Expert” section of the Sundown Rundown group.

Another thing to maybe do is to check out my GitHub profile (or the GitHub profile for Kundalini Software) if you are so inclined.

You can also sign up for my newsletter or the newsletter for Kundalini Software if you are interested. (I send them both out about once a month.)

Thanks for visiting; please have a nice day.