Why, hello. As you may have guessed, my name is Brent.

You can contact me at underwood.brent@gmail.com

In July 2018, I purchased the former mining town of Cerro Gordo along with a business partner and some friends. We’re working hard to bring it back to life. You can learn more about that here.

I’m also the founder of HK Austin, a hostel located in the heart of Austin, TX. For 2015, HK Austin was the #1 rated hostel in the United States.

I’m also a Partner at Brass Check where I’ve worked with different authors.

This website is a collection of thoughts on hospitality, entrepreneurship, and travel.

NOTE! Occasionally (2-4 times per year if I’m being honest) I write fun articles about book promotion, ghost towns, or hospitality. If you want to be alerted when the next one goes live, sign up below!  


I grew up just outside Tampa, Florida. I later moved to New York City for school, where I ended up living for about 5 years. I currently live in Austin, TX.


I graduated from Florida State University and Columbia University.


I’m a Partner at Brass Check, a creative advisory firm that specializes in working with authors.

I’m the Founder of HK Austin, a co-living and co-working space in the heart of Austin, as place of collaboration for creative thinkers, innovators, and travelers.

I own Cerro Gordo, a 360 acre, 22 building ‘ghost town’ that was once California’s most prosperous silver mine. We’re now working to turn it into a destination retreat that preserves the unmatched history of the town.


Outside of this blog I’ve written random stuff for random outlets. You can see those by following the links below:

New York Observer




Huffington Post

Elite Daily


Press Features

Some outlets have been kind enough to write about my projects. You can see a few links below:

New York Times

Today Show


Los Angeles Times

Travel & Leisure


Business Insider


The Guardian

Toronto Star


I’d love to hear from you. Email me here, or find me on: