The Why? I am fascinated conceptually and practically about the concept of evolution and progress. It's how we become healthier, safer, closer, smarter, prettier, quicker, happier, and better. It's sometimes cutting edge and always challenging. How can we encourage more of it? This is a question that fascinates me and motivates my interests. The ingredients of progress are many, including business building, technology, and policy. I have let these three areas guide my interests and decision-making.
The Who? I jumped back and forth between investing and product. My experience in venture, growth, and private equity investing is from Blackstone, Romulus, and as an active angel. My product background is from Citymapper (Benchmark & Index backed smart city company) and Locu (General Catalyst backed data startup).
Passionate about technology policy and economic development, I am an ambassador to the Startup in Residence Program hosted by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation, and work closely with The Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Initiative to help strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems around the US. I am the author of How to Speak Tech, a tech education book published and featured at SXSW in 2014.