I'm the VP of Engineering at Teespring, running a global team of 50 engineers and engineering managers, data scientists, analysts, and IT professionals. I'm doing a little bit of angel investing as an Open Scout for Bloomberg Beta, which you can read more about on my Syndicate page.
First engineer and led the engineering team at SideTour, which I'm immensely proud of. We connected people to unique individuals that provided them amazing and memorable experiences. Our business was acquired by Groupon in 2013, where I helped build the New York engineering presence and ran engineering for the GrouponLive business. Prior to that, I worked at Pivotal Labs with four different clients (all early-stage startups) in the New York office. My first role was at iRobot, where I was a mechanical engineer for the Government & Industrial Robotics Division, and later moonlit for the startup Healthcare Division, doing hardware and software prototyping, market research, and pretty much anything we needed at the time.
Lee was an angel investor in our earliest fundraising round here at Pinch. He's been instrumental to helping us build the company from the start: making the right connections for us, sourcing candidates for us to hire, and particularly for thinking through and articulating our fundraising strategy. We've loved having him as an investor for his thoughtful, humble approach to problem-solving and because he's always game to try new experiments!
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
Everyone should read High-Output Management by Andy Grove for the block-and-tackle techniques. But I love recommending The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, because I think every leader in a startup needs to be prepared for wartime.
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Exactly what I'm doing now, except without the fundraising part.