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 (I run the UrbanTech & Edtech accelerator programs)
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.
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. Along the way I’ve been asked to write about angel investors, accelerators, as well as other insights into the startup and VC community that I’ve garnered while running one of the top accelerator programs in the world.
So I’ve expanded my focus a bit and let’s see how it goes…