Desire Paths is a newsletter about the insightful lives of fascinating people. It’s written by me, Danny Giacopelli.

I’ve spent more than a decade interviewing the world’s most impressive business founders—as Editorial Director of Courier, a magazine about living and working on your own terms; at Monocle, where for six years I built, produced & hosted one of the industry’s earliest business podcasts, The Entrepreneurs; and at Mailchimp, where I currently work on small biz storytelling.

What’s this about?

I’ve come to realize that the most interesting and fulfilled people are always those who do things differently, whose lives and careers zig, zag, and sometimes go wildly off-course, who follow their curiosity to the ends of the earth. They remind me of desire paths—DIY dirt trails that veer away from safe, predictable roads.

With this newsletter, I go deep with these fascinating people—business owners, artists, shopkeepers, farmers, billionaires, hermits, maybe even you—and share everything I learn.

I’d love if you subscribe to Desire Paths and support my work. It’s free.

Here’s what subscribers receive…

  1. PATHS: A few times per month, you’ll receive a big, insightful interview with a fascinating business owner or creative person who’s following their passion. People like:

    …A hardware-obsessed brand strategist

    …An upstate New York shopkeeper

    …A London running crew leader

    …An infinitely creative illustrator

    …A Tunisian olive oil ambassador

    …A Japanese furniture maker

    …The owners of America’s first Black-owned outdoor store

  2. DIVERSIONS: Every so often you’ll receive a roundup of good stuff—things on my mind, essays, brands profiles, photos, links or recommendations.

NOTE: When you subscribe to Desire Paths, you’ll receive both Paths and Diversions. If you’d like to receive just one or the other, click here (your Account Settings for Desire Paths) and scroll down to Notifications. Keep everything ticked to get everything I publish. Or untick whatever you don’t want. No hard feelings. It’s that simple.

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A newsletter about the lesson-filled lives of fascinating people. And other good stuff.


Editorial Director at Mailchimp. Street photographer. Ex-Monocle host, Courier editor. New Yorker in London since 2010.