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 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: