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
What's your super power?
Decisiveness which leads to conviction in the founders I back and the ambitious concepts they pursue. I make almost all decisions, no matter how big, within 24 hours or less
What's the best way for people to get in touch with you?
My email is publicly listed, though of course I prefer you show a touch of ingenuity by getting a referral from someone I am already connected to on any number of networks
What words of wisdom do you live by?
"Life's too short" still gets me very far
What was the most impactful class you took in school?
What's something you wish you had done years earlier?
Stuck with computer science early, instead of having to play catch up years later :)
What's an obstacle you've overcome?
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
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
Poor Charlie's Almanack
What's your favorite non-business book?
Calvin and Hobbes
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Almost exactly what I'm doing, except also teaching something entrepreneurship related at the college or grad school level
What words of advice would you give your younger self?