Sophist Fund I targets small businesses in the transportation industry, focused on cash-flow positive Hispanic-owned carriers with revenue over $1M. Will deploy venture debt...more for capital expenditures.
List Ventures is a social enterprise focused on providing woman and minority-owned businesses with the necessary infrastructure to access commercial growth capital. In 2017,...more we assisted 29 firms who received $19M in debt financing, of which were 71% minority-owned firms. We are currently offering pro-bono assistance to Veteran-owned small businesses with annual sales between $1-5M. Apply here: http://www.listventures.org/pro-bono/
Taught undergraduate seminar courses in Classics and Archaeology, focused upon the archaeology of warfare and Homeric studies. Seminars included: - The Archaeology of Warfare...more in Ancient Greece - The Greek Historians: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives - Homer and the Heroic Age: Ethnography of Warrior Societies
Honorary Fellow at the Humanities Initiative at NYU (2012-13)
Lead Researcher · With unprecedented access to LinkedIn’s data on LA’s tech firms and tech talent, the report is focused on a number of key questions:… · More What are the most pressing human capital needs for LA-based tech firms? What do they foresee as the long-term needs to ensure a thriving tech ecosystem? What innovations will drive the growth of middle-skills jobs? What tech occupations provide underrepresented youth with access to careers in tech? And how can business leaders and the public sector collaborate to connect tech firms to local talent?
What I Do
Lapsed academic and committed humanist enjoying life out in the real world. Co-founder of List Ventures and Sophist Capital. Passionate about social impact through entrepreneurship. Mentor at Bixel Exchange and StartOut.
Learned (then forgot) Greek and Latin. Finished grad school. Managed to interest a few students in Homer, Herodotus, and Thucydides during my teaching days. Wrote 100 pages on the archaic phrase "man-glorifying battle," then figured out how to deconstruct it. Did a couple pivots after my postdoc at NYU to end up here. Taught myself economics, finance, and accounting. Read a history of the Medici bank. Concluded, at one point in my perambulations, that the greatest gift I ever received was my education in the humanities: it's how I learned to look closely, to absorb information, to reflect on causal links and correlations, to test potential frameworks for understanding, and to synthesize it all into a coherent critical perspective.
Founders who are authentic—their business comes from their own experience, from a lived eureka moment rather than a forced exercise in 'founder-being.' Founders who know their core value, who are relentlessly analytical, self-reflective and constantly in search of intellectual challenges.