Origin Story: In a couple sentences, how would you describe your path to becoming an investor?
Most of my career I have been a founder and always will be at heart. I was fortunate to be able to make some small investments in friends companies and took a chance. I love that being an investor lets me partner with amazing entrepreneurs who are building the future.
Investment Approach: What are the key factors you consider when evaluating a founding team?
I'm looking at the team's passion for the idea and whether it solves a true problem.
What's your style and approach when it comes to working with founders post-investment? What are the characteristics of founders you've worked well with?
I like to be as active as the founder will allow. I'm a member of multiple Slack accounts for companies I have invested in and like to think of myself as part of the team's support network
If I'm coming to pitch to you or your firm, what's the one piece of advice you'd give me?
Be yourself; not some version of who you think I'd expect you to be
As an angel investor, how many deals do you aim to do each year?
I don't have a set number but the last couple years it's been around 5 direct investments per year
How would you describe your own personal mission and values, and how do they impact the way you invest?
My father was a minister and my mother a social worker: I grew up in a household where empathy trumped capitalism and I think that carries over to the way I invest now
What do you like best about investing in NYC, and what’s your outlook on the future of NYC tech?
New York is the greatest city in the world, but it's not an easy place to start or run a business. Choosing to live here (in NYC) self selects for the types of ambitious founders I like to back. The future is bright for NYC tech.