PVD Startup Journey

About This Journey

Startup is a young business with high ambition, more innovation that aims for a new economy of scale in its market. You can upgrade your resume with an experience working at a startup. No need to wait further, with us you can gain a startup experience now. This journey should get you started.

PVD Startup Journey is the experience of working with a seasoned mentor in developing a personalized startup-oriented lifestyle in order to realize Emotional Prosperity and Lifespan Productivity™.

About the Location

This journey takes place around downtown Providence, Rhode Island, only a train ride away from Boston, MA.

About the Mentor

WP_20160927_17_39_51_Pro__highresThis journey is guided by the mentor, Nickantony Quach, who is the author of the following books:

  • “Thumos: Adulthood, Love & Collaboration”
  • “Adulthood Tools & Techniques”
  • “The First Job for Everyone”

Reservation Information

For reservation, contact Nickantony Quach.

Group Size

This experience is perfect for a college student or someone who wants to become a leader. It is also great for a project team that needs teamwork effectiveness now.

  • In total, we may have up to seven participants and guests.
  • A participant is the person who wants to have a personalized startup-oriented lifestyle in order to realize Emotional Prosperity and Lifespan Productivity™.
  • A guest is a friend or relative of the participant.

Our Meeting Point

Standard Schedule

This journey is available on most days throughout the year. Our schedule is convenient to those who would like to join us from Boston by train.

  • The experience begins at 12:45 PM at our meeting point.
    • MBTA train from Boston arrives at 12:26 PM on the weekday or 12:15 PM on the weekend.
  • The experience ends at 6:45 PM at our meeting point.
    • MBTA train for Boston departs at 7:25 PM on the weekday or 7:05 PM on the weekend.
  • The experience lasts up to six hours in total.

Sightseeing Places

Part of this journey is a walk around several of the following sightseeing places:

  • Rhode Island State House
  • Roger Williams National Memorial
  • Providence River
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Brown University
  • Narragansett Bay
  • Other places near downtown

Food & Drinks

  • A meal at a local restaurant is included.
  • Drinks at coffee shops are included.


  • Local rides on RIPTA bus are included.
  • Taxi, Uber, or Lyft may also be used.


Feel free to bring the following for your own use:

  • Personal laptops are recommended as we will do some writing together.
  • A pocket notepad and a pen should be handy.

Extended Program

This experience may be extended to include an overnight stay in Providence, Rhode Island. The extended version of this program is offered as:

Book Description

This journey is based on the concepts and principles as presented by the book, Thumos: Adulthood, Love & Collaboration, which is written by Mark Canny and Nickantony Quach. Below is the book description.

Students and teachers, children and parents, employers and workers, regardless of their awareness, they all use or are greatly influenced by the principles and concepts as presented in this book.

Students need this book as it shows how to become a true adult; see below. Parents need this book as it shows how to teach others to love properly; see below. Teachers need this book as it shows how to connect, mentor effectively; see below. Employers need this book as it shows employees how to connect and collaborate; see below. Workers need this book as it explains the best way to keep your boss away. Everyone needs this book as it shows one of the greatest weapons against both fear and insecurity.

“The totality of your perspectives and beliefs is your paradigm. It is your gestalt of concepts, each of which is a mental formulation for use on a broad scale. It evolves over time as it is slowly influenced by outside perspectives that are provided by other people, which at first includes your parents, then books and your society at large. When the influence takes place quickly, it causes a radical change to your paradigm and makes you have a paradigm shift. This will happen to you when you read” this book. “Your life will be changed before you finish reading the first three chapters of this book. Your relationships with others will be changed before you reach the seventh chapter.”

ADULTHOOD: Because neither autonomy, which means freedom of direction, nor self-sufficiency, which means aidless survival, could bring about adulthood, independence, which means self-sufficient autonomy, could not either. “Moving up in life does not make us adults. Graduating at the end of primary or secondary school, or even university does not make us adults. Having a job does not make us adults. Self-sufficiency does not make us adults. Marriage does not make us adults, especially in an arranged marriage. Having a child does not make us adults. Many children do not become adults when they give birth and have their first child, especially with a teenage pregnancy. Age does not make us adults.” This book shows you what it takes to become a true adult and how to prepare yourself for the formal walk through the threshold of your adulthood 12 months before your first adulthood anniversary.

SELF: The ultimate vision of your life is your ideal self; this book will show you how to depict and pursue your ideal self. Without such depiction, others do not know how to love you, as you cannot fully love others without a full understanding of their depiction of and journey towards their ideal self. But what is the self? This book explains it all.

LOVE: “A grilled cheese sandwich is a dish that requires at least two elements, bread and cheese. Without either element, we cannot make the dish. Likewise, if your action did not include all the elements of love, then you did not love properly.” This book gives you a direct, practical, and cogent answer to the following questions without resorting to gimmickry: what is love? What is it made of; how does it work; is there an expected outcome; how do we discharge the power of love; who does or does not love me; who do I love?

COLLABORATION: Psychological safety first is the second of the six laws of collaboration, which are explained in this book. Along with interpersonal skills presented in earlier chapters, the collaborative process as proposed in this book should create a psychologically safe environment in which new and existing project participants have no fear of negative consequences as they take on more roles and responsibilities for their common mission.

MENTORING: “Contrary to conventional wisdom, the mentor must not have more experience, more knowledge than the mentee. Here is a proof. With knowledge from this book, you can become a mentor helping others to become a Bruce Lee in their field even though you may not have as much experience, knowledge as they do in their field.”

COMMUNITY: The success of your organization, city will reach a higher order of magnitude when its members, residents have access to the principles and concepts found in this book, thanks to the author’s unblinking love of humanity.

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