I have spent my career in VC working with a wide range of businesses in both enterprise and consumer. I bring to the table both an understanding of tech development and how startups rigorously test hypotheses to bring products to market. I also can add value through Highland's proprietary network.Describe what you have done, what you are doing, and the kinds of things you are interested in.
I serve on the Board of Directors of Jaunt and have sourced, led, or co-led Highland’s investments in BetterLesson, Leap Motion, RentJuice (acquired by Zillow), RethinkDB, Talaria (acquired by Google), and thredUP. I also provided support for Highland’s investments in 2U (IPO), Bit9, Imprivata (IPO) QD Vision, Rethink Robotics, and Vertica (acquired by HP), amongst others. In addition, I lead the Summer@Highland entrepreneurship program, which over its 6 year history has mentored more than 40 student-led startups from inception, including Cloudflare, Gemvara, and Wildfire (acquired by Google).
Prior to Highland, I studied physics at Harvard College and received an MS in materials engineering at MIT, where I was part of a research group building the first fully optical computer chip. My research results were published Physical Review B, Journal of Applied Physics, and IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. I also received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where I was a Baker Scholar.Describe the most impressive thing you've done.
A founding team that is creative, technical, and exhibits strong leadership skills. Evidence of delivered value to a group of early adopters. Growth metrics that are early, but meaningful. If I had to choose between seeing "value" or "growth", I'd choose value at this point.Describe what you're looking for in a company.