Who am I?
Who am I and why read this?
That’s a great question… and one of the reasons I’ve resisted blogging for so long.
The first part is easy. I’m a serial entrepreneur, sometimes angel investor, and proud father of three daughters (nicknamed Karma, Kismet, & Payback). My resume in brief reads:
- MBA from Chicago Booth
- Consultant for Booz & Co. for 4 years
- Project Manager for Kaplan Test Prep Online
- COO, Bunk1
- Investment & New Venture Manager, Neutrino Corp (a family office)
- CEO, Layercake
- Managing Director, DreamIt Ventures (I run the NY startup accelerator)
What my resume means is that I’ve spent most of my professional life trying to understand how businesses work, increasingly focusing on what makes new products or services succeed. To
paraphrase rip off Mark Suster, I’ve spent time on both sides of the table, although my interest (and investment focus) has been mostly on the very earliest stage ideas – in some cases pre-cocktail napkins – instead of VC-ready companies.
The second part of the question is harder. I initially planned to write about bleeding edge NYC startups, focusing on what about them makes me want to spend some time to learn more and possibly invest… or not as the case may be. While I’ve done some of that (and will continue to do so), the feedback I’ve received is that people want to hear more about angel investors, what they look for and how they think about whether to invest, as well as other insights into the startup and VC community that I’ve garnered while running the NY program of one of the top accelerator programs in the world.
So I’ve expanded my focus a bit and let’s see how it goes…