Co-founder of BayLite Capital, owner of South American hospitality chain & active philanthropist. Angel Investor in 100+ startups
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“I was raised by a single mother and am 1 of 6 children in a blended family. I come from a unique background in the sense that I have a very wealthy side of...more my family and a very poor side of my family. This has given me access to do impactful work, as well as given me insight into problems that do not affect many of my peers including drug addiction, unemployment, and the criminal justice system.
How can I help?
Fundraising: I have personally raised $100M+ for deals that I am an investor in. I am a member of FOX (Family Office Exchange) and IPI (Institue for Private Investors) as well as a number of other exclusive clubs in which I have developed strong personal connections with over 15+ yrs. If there is ever a need for additional capital, I can likely help.
International Connections: I have traveled to 30+ countries and have lived extensively in Latin America. In addition, I run a millennial-focused hotel company in South America, giving me the opportunity to meet travelers from around the world. I also personally know many of the most influential and well-connected families in Latin America, Asia, and Europe, and could provide access to connections necessary for facilitating global expansion.
Recruiting talent: I have worked in technology private equity and have developed personal relationships with hundreds of highly skilled individuals across engineering, design, sales & C suite execs.
Creative: I am a ceramicist, big fan of all types of creative work and have relationships with boutique creative agencies across the world who do incredible work. I am also a long time supporter of Burning Man and member of the Soho House. I have strong ties to the music world, Hollywood, and artists of all types, that I would be happy to make introductions to
Philanthropy: I have started a non-profit in association with my hospitality brand that focuses on providing youth empowerment through education & sports across South America. I am also a member of NEXUS- a global community founded to bridge communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship with access to delegations at the UN and Davos. Lastly, I have strong relationships with a number of Non-Profit founders, including FK Day and his wife Leah- founders of World Bicycle Relief-which has donated 500,000+ bicycles to the developing world. I am always happy to make an intro and help start-ups with creating a social/charitable part of their business.”
Kelly is an incredible mentor. He has been so involved with the company that I consider him a co-founder for all intents and purposes. He's helped the team navigate multiple pitfalls that could have killed our business; he kept our chins up when the breaks went the wrong way and kept our eye...more on the ball when they started to go right. I cannot recommend him enough as a mentor and a friend. Kelly is a natural leader.
Kelly lives up to the site's moniker and has been an absolute angel to us. Kelly came on board as an investor and moved quickly just as he said he would and since then has opened a LOT of doors to partners, other investors and clients. From an exclusive dinner invite where I found myself...more seated between two Captains of the Internet and Media industries to just hanging out over drinks to discuss strategy, the guy is just amazing and a pleasure to work with. Again let me emphasize, Kelly doesn't just open doors, he blows them open with full firepower and Military precision. ;)
Kelly is a phenomenal mentor. He has a breadth of experience advising start-ups across a wide range of industries which translates into meaningful advice from someone who's been there done that. His ability to quickly absorb data, crunch the possible moves, and present an analysis of...more alternatives is uncanny. But he brings the confidence of a military officer with a no-nonsense approach. He has experience in everything from fund raising, organizational structure, marketing, co-founder issues, and pricing.
On the other side of the coin, Kelly is a fantastic, warm person. He's become a friend as much as a mentor.
Kelly is one of the smartest, hardest working individuals I've ever met. Great strategic vision coupled with tactical know-how and one of the best networks around. Having Kelly in your corner gives you an unfair advantage.
Kelly is fantastic mentor and advisor. I really enjoy his frank advice about our company and our future. He presents facts very straightforward and gives our C-team the perspective we need to mark smart decision. We go to him with all our important decisions to get his take on life. I...more learn something everytime.
Kelly's advice and mentorship to APX Labs and RideScout has been invaluable. I call Kelly a "start up personal trainer" because he makes you work very hard and in the end you are much stronger as an entrepreneur. In addition, Kelly is a true friend professionally and personally....more I can say that I would not be where I am today without his counsel and support.
Kelly is an experienced investor and entrepreneur with a track record of success. His investment into Edbacker has provided us with a wealth of experience and connections. We are excited to work with Kelly as we continue to grow.