I’m Darrow Kirkpatrick, the founder, and I’m glad you’re here.
I began serious saving and investing in my mid-30’s, and retired at age 50. I did it the traditional way: hard work, frugality, prudent investing, and patience. I’m an engineer, not a salesperson or a financial advisor. When it comes to personal finance, my top priorities are simplicity, reliability, and safety. Now my mission is to help others become financially independent, as I did, through my writing about personal finance.
I’m Chris Mamula. I documented my path to financial independence at Eat the Financial Elephant for several years before leaving my career as a physical therapist in 2017 at age 41. Shortly after, I became a partner on Can I Retire Yet?. Here, I continue to follow my calling of helping people live their best lives.
I was initially a reader of this website, drawn by Darrow’s attention to details, practical advice, and lack of dogma that dominates the personal finance space. My mission is to continue to spread the life-changing message of financial independence to a broader audience while staying true to the blog’s core principles.