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Snap Synapse LLC is currently dormant, though not totally gone.
The website is still up, see for yourself at SnapSynapse.com

Though I never used Snap Synapse as a pseudonym, some people thought it was. Nope! My name is, and only has ever been, Sam Rogers. But for social media about my work in certain areas, SnapSynapse is a handle that I’ve used frequently, especially in the 2010s.

So what is Snap Synapse? It’s a company that I started originally as a side-project doing web development in the early 2000s, and as a music publisher for my music catalog. In 2008, I incorporated as a single-owner LLC (in Nevada where they let you do that kinda thing, which California did not). Then in 2016, as a Utah LCC as I had moved there. By that point the company was heavily focused serving the internal Learning & Development needs of clients such as Google, Deloitte, ADP, AAA, Sunrun, etc., but not exclusively. Snap Synapse also purchased my girlfriend’s boutique publishing company (Clear Mind Publishing) around that time to help manage her audiobooks and other products.

Judging by this 8 year cycle, Snap Synapse should be back in some new form in 2024 ;)

The company was really only ever an umbrella for work that I was delivering. I sometimes outsourced help for parts of projects, but mostly it was me doing everything all the time. The corporate structure helped me cut through all the red tape to work with larger clients, and it also helped not alarm people that it was really me delivering for them (I like to deliver inhuman-scale results, which can sometimes scare people).

What happened to it is that as I expanded into more an more different arenas, I found things that worked and things that didn’t. And mostly, they didn’t.

Now don’t get me wrong, I had a very successful learning consulting business, especially for a few years there after my raving success at YouTube. But eventually I hit a wall and couldn’t get where I wanted to go (business data) because the company was holding me back. Even the fastest high-performance race car does not make a very good airplane.

So in 2020, I finished sunsetting all my Snap Synapse clients and I took a real jobby-job with a global company in a heavily-regulated industry that makes products I believe in. Now that I work as the Global Learning Technology & Analytics Manager for ConvaTec, Snap Synapse doesn’t see much action. This may change again someday, if needed. Consulting and Publishing are two reasons that it might.

In the meantime, it’s nice to just be Sam.

Did I miss anything? Questions and fanmail are welcome in the comments below.

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I intend to stay at ConvaTec for the foreseeable future, and may well turn out to be a “lifer” there. After having my own business for 15+ years, this is my first full-time employee gig ever. It’s a great place for me to grow, and I’m working very hard and learning a ton since I started there last July.

So why would I update my resume? Because the last time I did (before I even started at ConvaTec), I promised myself that I would update my resume at least once a year, and make some kind of upgrade to my role at least every two years. Maybe next year I’ll make some kind of lateral move or aim towards some kind of promotion. For today, and in case anyone asks me for it in the next year, here it is: SamRogers_hire2021.pdf

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Some chronological highlights of my history for context:
  • 1976 = born in Napa California, almost died in the process
  • 1977-80 = first childhood memories, parents separated, Montessori preschool
  • 1981-87 = attended a small rural grammar school, became a boy scout, worked at my Mom’s new age gift shop, stepparents and brother & sister introduced, moved twice, devoured every old scratchy 45 I could get my hands on
  • 1988-89 = attended a large middle school where I was the smallest kid, nearly died of pneumonia and again when the kids at school tried to drown me, played D&D, collected yo-yos, generally tried to be invisible
  • 1990 = moved to live with my Dad in Novato California, studied drama in high school, joined Star Trek Fan Club
  • 1991 = president of high school’s Environmental Awareness Club, worked in Stepmom’s office doing shipping/receiving & data entry
  • 1992 = started singing in choir, roadying for my Dad, fell in love with comic books
  • 1993 = joined jazz choir & musical theater, recorded first album with choir, teen board member of Teen inspiration Foundation
  • 1994 = won Best Solo Jazz Vocal at RAVES award showcase, worked as busboy at local Japanese restaurant, served as Peer Counselor, volunteered for local political campaign
  • 1995 = founded Til Dawn a cappella group for the Teen Inspiration Foundation, started performing solo at open mics, English major at Sonoma State University, worked as Ferengi at Paramount’s Great America theme park, presented at Peer Counselors Conference
  • 1996 = recorded album Get Motivated, Baby with Til Dawn, moved to Iowa to study music at Phil Mattson’s School for the Music Vocations, worked part time for the school
  • 1997 = released For the Radio Audience with collegiate a cappella group Audio Radiance, returned to Sonoma State, worked as waiter at Indian restaurant, became licensed massage therapist
  • 1998 = served as “The Voice of Project Censored” on NPR, studied audio engineering & video production, backup vocalist on several albums, car totaled in accident, worked as foodrunner & backwaiter at Domain Chandon
  • 1999 = graduated with B.A. in Communications Studies from Sonoma State, joined Improvox, fell in love with woman twice my age, backpacked in Europe, coined name “The One Mouth Band”
  • 2000 = moved in with girlfriend (log cabin in woods of Marin), Office Manager for startup record label & commercial music production company, first experiences live-looping
  • 2001 = released Graceful Passages, got part-time job with GreenPoint Mortgage in Training Department, first started this website, cast in local theater production of The Fantastics
  • 2002 = released first solo vocal album One Mouth Band (live), joined a cappella group The Irrationals, local TV appearances
  • 2003 = performed around US as The One Mouth Band, founding member of The Vowel Movement Beatbox Collective
  • 2004 = performed in Singapore as The One Mouth Band, created LipBiz instrument lubricant for beatboxers, started Snap Synapse web development business
  • 2005 = won two Ward Swinger awards as The One Mouth Band in Graz Austria, started singing with childhood musical heroes SoVoSo
  • 2006 = released second solo vocal album 100% Organic Human Music (live), started TaKeTiNa Teacher Training certification, joined SoVoSo, first trip to Burning Man, started working as freelance Instructional Designer, officially incorporated Snap Synapse
  • 2007 = released album Done Waiting with The Irrationals, first solo tour in Australia & New Zealand, first International Body Music Festival, started teaching private voice & live looping lessons, beginning of my CouchSurfing Period
  • 2008 = whirlwind of performing and teaching workshops in US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand (including performing at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and becoming a finalist in 1st American Beatbox Championships), apprenticed with healer
  • 2009 = released One On One EP with girlfriend Nicolle Lane, started teaching sound healing, spent most of the year in Australia
  • 2010 = didn’t die as predicted, first tour in Brazil as part of the “Bay Area Sonic Ensemble”, started teaching online, lots of TaKeTiNa & CircleSong activity
  • 2011 = touring & teaching in Europe as The One Mouth Band, bought sailboat (home base), attempted to to emigrate to New Zealand, first podcast interview, started coaching
  • 2012 = released third solo vocal album Could Love (studio), started The Body Music Lab, helped found Return of the Cypher at the Boom Boom Room, lots of Drum Circle Facilitator’s Guild activity
  • 2013 = got ham radio license & CERT qualification, learned sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, acrobatics, motorcycle riding, cofounded The Kaia Group sound healing trainings
  • 2014 = cowrote & produced “Raditatical: A Journey In Rhythm” at Montalbahn Theater in Hollywood, started singing with improv a cappella / sound healing group The Elements
  • 2015 = worked for Google creating the first YouTube Certified Online training program, part of International Music Festival in Bali
  • 2016 = moved in with girlfriend in Salt Lake City, coproduced daily livestreaming show “L&D Talk” with Brent Schlenker, best friend Jory Prum was killed as result of motorcycle accident, began speaking at Learning & Development conferences, obtained e-Residency in Estonia
  • 2017 = released album Listen with The Elements, released first book Just Do The Thing: A Guide, moved to central Utah to help care for mother-in-law, built studio, livstreaming for “TLDC”, became permanent resident of Panama, first expert witness gig
  • 2018 = released Doable Change podcast & started Doable Change Corp, bought Clear Mind Publishing, started Optimistic Holdings, first conference keynote, started “Your Best Work in L&D” mastermind group
  • 2019 = performing with Project VOX, livestreamed TLDC19 conference, blew up all websites, first social media fast, graduated from Seth Godin’s altMBA, awarded “Rockstar of the Quarter” by Cornerstone OnDemand, explored cinematic production
  • 2020 = switched to a plant-based diet, produced several online conferences & webinars, taught livestreaming & live looping to many fellow performers affected by COVID pandemic, served as Director of Marketing for Energy Utility Group, eventually closed up shop at Snap Synapse LLC and accepted Global Learning Technology & Analytics Manager role with ConvaTec, studied data analysis & visualization, got Prosci Change Management Practitioner certification

If I left out something you’d like to see here, or you are curious or confused about anything above, please comment below to let me know.

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I’ve been a lot of things, mostly improbable things. Things that don’t make any sense when you put them all together, and that stack up to something suspiciously beyond my 44 years of living. Some examples:
  • Int’l award-winning solo a cappella / beatbox act
  • Expert Witness
  • Star Trek alien
  • Acupressure Practitioner
  • Web Developer
  • Personal coach, Mastermind Leader & Group Facilitator
  • Social Media & Marketing Consultant
  • Audio Engineer & Video Producer
  • Author & Public Speaker

And that’s just the stuff I once got paid to do.

In any case, today I’m the Global Learning Technology & Analytics Manager for the global medical solutions provider ConvaTec. Yeah, I know, go figure. Believe it or not I’m actually somehow well-qualified for the position.

I’ve done a lot of my life out of sequence from the standard. This year, I took my first full-time employee job in…well, ever, I guess. It’s early yet, but it’s working so far. Great timing, in fact! As the rest of the world is falling apart, I’m leveraging all my skills toward helping things fall together for a business with 10k or so employees spread all across the globe.

Because this gig is pretty full-on, and because the rest of life is so haywire these days, I’m not actually taking anything else on at the moment. I’ve barely kept in touch with friends and family in the last few months. It’s a weird time.

If you happen to be one of those friends or family, I’m sorry. It’s nothing you did, promise. We’re good, I’m simply of a different focus these days and have pulled back a lot on my public visibility and even private availability. You can still hit me up anytime as you wish, please do :)

For anyone who doesn’t know me yet, thanks for dropping by! And, uh…how did you get here? Nice to see you and I hope you like what you see around here. I tend to think a lot, and post here every few days. Comment on any post and I’ll respond. Wishing you all the best!

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I help align the actions we take with the intentions we’ve expressed. This means learning from what is and changing it to become more of what we want. Along the way I help make sense out of chaos, I guess.

I do this for individuals (coaching), for groups (masterminds), and for organizations (consulting). I don’t focus on what work we got done, I focus on how much there is left to do eliminating as much from that list as possible.

I hail from the Learning & Development field (formerly known as Corporate Training), because pretty much everything there is to do in L&D, I’ve done. But I’ve never fit in there, really. I’m just as experienced and capable with marketing, entertainment, and technical stuff like coding or systems design.

Please don’t try and figure me out. We’ve got more important things than that to tackle together. You get a powerhouse of skills with me, and someone who’s as playful as he is serious.

I’d like to help. What do you need?

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