Business Model Innovation, Recruiting, Business Strategy, SaaS, Node.js, Go to Market Strategy, Fund Raising
Business Model Innovation, Recruiting, Business Strategy, SaaS, Node.js
I am typically the first check to commit to a round. To do that, and because life is too short and I want to make sure I am working with people I love and trust, I like meeting world class people and getting to know them well before they're raising.
On the work front: I was the original founder of one of the top open source companies in the world. We built many of the landmark Node.JS libraries you've probably used directly or indirectly. Acquired by Wordpress in 2013.
On the fun front: I coined the term "party round" while raising the first one of its kind
I was named one of Business Insider's top young investors (2014) and to Forbes 30 under 30 (2015)
One hell of a smart guy. Quick decision maker. Understands the great responsibility of managing someone's else's capital, or someone else's career. Has somehow become even humbler and harder working as he's built a career building great products and teams. He loves hard problems, winning, doing the right thing, and running fast. A good influence on us all.
CEO and co-founder at Amino and investor at Red Swan Ventures
What's the most creative thing you've ever done?
This feels like a tie between raising the first party round (and coining the term) *and* buying tons of .ai domains in 2014, 2-3 years before the major AI hype hit. Both were widely made fun of at the time as "insane" ideas
Six figures of school debt plus two jobless parents plus no savings was an obstacle as I was starting LearnBoost/Cloudup. One epic journey, with a pivot and lots of fun in between, that led to acquisition by Wordpress less than 3 years later