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Diving into the NYC and US East Coast’s Venture Capital Landscape

I led the publication of a 47-page report on the state of VC and startups in New York City and the US East Coast. Since the publication in December 2019, NYC has continued to flourish. The startups that graduated to publicly held companies, such as Mongo, Datadog, and Peloton, have also continued to flourish. I …

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Joining Raines International’s Advisory Board

I’m honored to have been invited to the advisory board of Raines International, one of the premier executive search firms dating back to 1969. With offices in New York City, Boston, Buenos Aires, Chicago, and San Francisco, Raines offers its services across healthcare, financial services, CPG retail, private equity, industrial, and innovation. See the press …

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Drop and Cardify.ai

Drop Loyalty started when Derrick Fung was an Entrepreneur in Residence when I was at White Star Capital. It brings back joyful memories recalling the discussions Derrick and I had as we discussed his entrepreneurial ideas. Since those discussions, Derrick launched Drop Loyalty, raised VC rounds with NEA, RBC, Sierra Ventures, HOF Capital, and ff …

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Mnubo – Data Insights for IoT Manufacturers

mnubo, whose name was borrowed from machine learning in Esperanto, allows the manufacturers of IoT devices to harness the power of their data. Clients use cases include: Energy, HVAC & Building Improve energy efficiency, reduce the cost of truck rolls and enhance customer comfort Smart Home Reduce customer churn, enable proactive marketing and servicing, and …

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Cheddar TV on Amazon’s Acquisition of Eero and Amazon Whole Foods Increasing Prices

This was a particularly fun appearance because the interview happened mere seconds after the 4pm closing bell on the NYSE floor. It was a good day on the market and so the traders were celebrating after a successful day. In this appearance, I discuss Amazon’s acquisition of Eero as well as Amazon Whole Foods increasing …

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The entrepreneur playbook for sourcing a lead investor in NYC

As a service to the NYC CEO ecosystem, I published this article in VentureBeat addressing a key issue that I hear every day from CEOs: “I have all the capital I need for this round of financing. All I need is a lead!” I keep the spreadsheet updated in this google doc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1h9NxVgQ7MvpVp3vtXoOZ6jTzi2oUe65Sr-1tty11ink/edit#gid=1360399923

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My most read article: Entrepreneur.com on the layers of bias faced by highly technical women founders

According to BuzzSumo, this article has been shared 2000 times – that’s my personal record. In this article, I published my reaction to a comment a highly-regarded VC made in a fireside chat at a major conference, where she said that it’s obvious that women start startups in social & e-commerce. Many of the women …

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Kauffman Fellows

I’m honored to have been part of class 19 of the prestigious Kauffman Fellows Program. My classmates rock! Founded in 1994, Kauffman Fellows is a Silicon Valley-based leadership program for venture capitalists and innovators of all kinds. The more than 400 graduates from this two-year apprenticeship, together known as the Kauffman Fellows Society, now lead …

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Unacast

Unacast is a fast-growing data platform focused on human mobility data. They’ve built the Real World Graph to deliver insights to the verticals of retail, transportation, travel & tourism, supply logistics, and brands. Over 40% of their engineering team are women. I am proud to be a board member.

Salesfloor – Modernizing the Role of Store Associates

Salesfloor started as a novel technology solution to enable retailers and retail store associates to earn revenue through customized pages, created by associates, that in many ways simulated many in-store experiences that customers have with associates. Since its early days, Salesfloor has expanded to a full suite of products including Clienteling, POS, Analytics, Product Catalog …

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mnubo

mnubo is a White Star Capital portfolio company that I work closely with. The company is transforming how IoT manufacturers use their data. It is at the intersection of IoT, Cloud, and Big Data.