An Operator and Investor
A Venture Capital Investor for 6 years, a head of Product and Engineering (and other operational roles) for 15 years. Proud New Yorker. A media speaker and content author. Highly attentive to diversity. First-generation high school and college graduate.
Six years of VC investing in technology startups that aspire to scale, improve economics, and build lasting companies
The operator-turned-investor is less common in NYC than it is in SF. I made the transition in 2014, where I took the risk of joining a new then-unknown firm, where I was one of the original six members of the team. I’ve now served as board member or observer on six companies. As an investor, I derive the greatest joy when I have an impact on a company’s success.
I’m equally honored to have participated in the Kauffman Fellows program – I’m still a proud alumni and I participate in their events as much as possible.
I’ve raised capital from Limited Partners, from sourcing to closing. It is a critical part of being successful for most VC firms.
15 year career as a technology leader
Headed up multiple product lines (often simultaneously), user experience, and internationalization.
Startups where I had operational leadership roles
It’s by being in the weeds of working at a startup that some investors hone their sense of what makes a successful company.
Release of world-acclaimed product
I was part of the team at Microsoft that built the first ever version of Visual Studio .NET, C# .NET, and the .NET platform.
Impact in New York City Technology, Startups and Venture Capital
As a response to the most common challenge I heard by NYC's startup CEOs, I published this article to address their biggest need when fundraising: finding a lead investor.
My approach is to have a candid, genuine, thoughtful demeanor. To speak on topics where I have helpful insights. And to try to express my thoughts in a way that is helpful to a wide range of audience. Ultimately, the goal is to continue building my firm’s brand through this exposure.