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 work in technology investing with experience from Blackstone Private Equity, SoftBank Vision Fund, and Romulus Capital. I angel invests out of an ESG-oriented pre-seed fund that I co-founded called Freeland Group that partners with entrepreneurs focused on generating financial and social returns. My experience also includes product management at Citymapper and Locu, two venture-backed startups in London and Boston, respectively.
I serve on the Steering Committee of Startup in Residence (STiR), a program spun out of the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Civic Innovation that connects startups with government agencies to develop technology products that address civic challenges. I have also worked with the New York City Mayor's Office of the CTO on its NYCx Moonshot Challenge Initiative. I am the author of How to Speak Tech, a tech education book originally published and featured at SXSW in 2014.