I help startups with strategy, finance, BD, and venture / exit issues. I’ve been described as “wingman to startup CEOs” and as “Biz Dev / CFO to go.” I like pitching deals, solving problems and getting things done. I'm now productizing this work in a new startup called Foundersuite.
I mainly work with early stage Internet, B2B software, mobile, and consumer product startups, and I have a strong interest in platforms, markets, and networks. I've worked with several cool crowdfunding companies, such as Kickstarter and Appbackr.
Other notable clients include Clicker, Zerply, LaunchRock and Autonet Mobile. I’m currently on the Advisory Boards of five startups, where I help shape strategy and make intros to investors, partners, and acquirers.
Earlier in my career, I started two companies, an early web catalog provider and a clinical trial software company. I also worked in finance and investment banking, and was involved in three technology IPOs and nearly 40 acquisitions.
I put together various startup events; my current projects are FundingV2.com, StartupBD.com and StartupExits.com. I also teach classes at General Assembly on raising capital. Previously, with Pivotal Labs, I produced the ProjectStartup series.
On the content side, I author the blog SeedStageCapital.com and contribute to Founders Space. I have an MBA in Entrepreneurship, a BSC in Finance, and I am a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). I'm on the Board of Hands On Bay Area, a non-profit.
Aside from startups, my passion is sailing, and I've logged more than 10,000 coastal and offshore nautical miles. My longest sail was a 22-day non-stop Pacific Ocean crossing to French Polynesia. Currently, I race on a Knarr team in the SF Bay.
Other adventures include climbing 19,340-ft. Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and trekking in Peru, Chile, New Zealand and the Himalayas of Nepal. I’ve also toured the U.S., Vietnam, Cambodia, Mexico, and Nicaragua by motorcycle.