- Founded Parse.ly in 2009 with Sachin Kamdar, my co-founder. Began as a bootstrapped startup in the content monitoring space. Joined Dreamit Ventures accelerator in 2009. Relocated to Philly to start up.
- From 2011-2012, recruited and ran the fully distributed product / design / engineering team that built & shipped Parse.ly's product. Hit ship dates on a shoestring budget of $800K in seed financing. Helped company secure its first customers.
- From 2013-2016, raised a $5M Series A round that allowed us to scale our MVP to the market. Redesigned our system for 10-100x its scale. Succeeded in shipping that second system atop a more advanced architecture, using novel streaming analytics & parallelism techniques.
- From 2017-2018, raised Series B growth round, with $6.8M in new capital. Executed on an ambitious growth plan.
- From 2019-2020, continued growth with amazing unit economics. Promoted senior engineer to CTO role. Took over product strategy as Chief Product Officer (CPO).
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
What's your favorite non-business book?
"The Cathedral and the Bazaar"
What's your super power?
Leading distributed teams that ship.
What's the best way for people to get in touch with you?
Email or Twitter.
What words of wisdom do you live by?
"It’s useful to think of achievement as a process of discovery. We can think of painting a masterpiece as discovering it in the set of all possible images. It’s as if we're searching through them all for the one we want, which we call our objective."
What aspects of your work are you most passionate about?
What was the most impactful class you took in school?
Advanced Operating Systems (NYU, 2004-2006).
Which founders or startups do you most admire?
- Reed Hastings at Netflix.
- Patrick Collison at Stripe.
- Jason Lemkin at Saastr.
- Jerry Neumann at NeuVC.