- Publish a periodic newsletter to communicate relevant alumni news, such a fundraises - Develop programming, such as fireside chats and office hours, to engage the 260...more SLP alumni; over $200M in raised capital - Engage potential ecosystem partners and sponsors to provide additional value to the SLP community - Engage and maintain relationships with entrepreneurs to build a recruitment pipeline for SLP chapters - Develop and manage the curriculum and facilitate the operations for the program
- Source and recommend consumer packaged goods (CPG) and retail startups for investment - Support the firm’s CPG and retail portfolio companies through reviewing strategies...more and making relevant connections
Consulting LLC (Freelance Consulting Firm)
2015 - Present (over 5 years)
360 Partnership Negotiations - Major State University (6-month Engagement) * Negotiated and established a 5-year partnership with a national distributor that yielded $9M in...more savings Strategic Planning - Fortune 300 Consumer Goods & Services Client (4-month Engagement) * Proposed net extra and non-dilutive growth strategies for client to add $175M in incremental sales in 3 years
- Advise over 80 startups with business strategy development and fundraising preparation - Network and connect startups to top industry mentors, investors and other key...more people crucial to success - Develop programming, such as workshops and office hours, intended to add value to my startup’s progression - Facilitate a knowledge exchange program among founders aimed at quickly removing roadblocks
- Managed a team of three software engineers to ensure product improvements based on customer feedback - Developed and operationalized user acquisition strategies; 17 million...more miles listed on marketplace
H2Melon LLC Startup
2015 - 2016 (about 1 year)
- Led the acquisition of 75 locations in the New York City Metro area - Developed and optimized H2Melon’s supply chain strategy; optimizing in conjunction with customer...more demands - Spearheaded growth strategies such as eCommerce expansion to transition H2Melon into a nationwide brand - Led H2Melon core staff in development of project timelines and ensuring quality of project deliverables
- Negotiated and established 4-year partnerships with regional vendors that saved $10M annually for a CPG client - Identified $2M in annual savings for a Biotech client’s...more marketing department; reduced vendor counts from 50 to 17 - Assessed a $20B capital project and identified productivity strategies that would save ~$500M for an Oil and Gas client • Evaluated current process and proposed initiatives to reduce SG&A and capture $5M in annual saving for a CPG client
Think pieces about CPG and retail space in relation to startups.
What I Do
I focus on retail/consumer-related startups by advising, blogging and investing in the space. I was previously a strategy consultant and a 2x founder (H2Melon & Par). serve on the leadership team of Startup Leadership Program (NYC Chapter), a highly-selective six-month program for startup founders.