I want to make venture capital more accessible.VC is a key driver of meaningful innovation for our society. It should be open to everyone, not just a path to wealth for a handful of people. My motivation at MVP is to continue unlocking these opportunities for our LP base.
We are pioneering the term Top Tier Co-Investor. There is a big inefficiency in venture with how rounds are built out. 99% of a CEO’s attention is focused on the lead. The rest of the round is then slapped together, usually based on who you know. This had led to a lot of free rides from co-investors. These co-investors mean well, but they don’t actually bring anything to the table.This is why we exist. We are working to change that.
I first learned about venture capital when I was 25. I treated my career like a startup since then – bootstrapping through an unpaid VC internship, earning deal reps over the years, and now founding my own firm with partners focused on building the best co-investment firm in the market. I found my personality-job fit in venture and love having a positive impact on companies that are helping to make the world a better place.
Inefficiency frustrates me. It doesn’t matter where I see it, I’m always thinking and tinkering to find ways of doing things better, faster, or more cost-effectively. I especially appreciate smart automation – it’s one of the core themes I pursue with investments.
My mom went from stay-at-home-mom to doctor. She started med school at 40 with four rambunctious boys at home and ended up valedictorian. She’s been a doctor for two decades now and has taught me that it’s never too late to chase your dreams. In high school, halfway through my senior year football season, I made a highlight film of my best plays. I made it just to have the memories. Unbeknownst to me, my dad made copies and sent them to universities around the country. This included Yale, where I ultimately enrolled and played football throughout my time there. I met my wife there, and got my start in VC at a Yale alumni venture fund. Without my dad, my life would look a lot different. Rest in peace, pops.
I admire people who are dedicated to their craft. Whether it’s playing an instrument or building a great business, seeing people who are passionate about being the best at something is incredibly inspiring.
I’m a huge sports fan. I love basketball, but I’m obsessed with football. I played quarterback in high school and linebacker on Yale’s football team. I can no longer play (unfortunately) so I am relegated to watching games and playing fantasy football. I’ve been in a dynasty fantasy football league since I was 10.
Always go the extra mile. I learned early that if you commit to doing something for someone – be it a boss, a startup founder, or an LP – always do it better and faster than they are expecting. Doing this consistently is the best way to make yourself indispensable, build trust, and advance your career.
I was the lead singer of a rock band in college. We produced about 15 tracks and played shows at parties. My wife and I had our first dance at our wedding to the song I wrote for her in college to convince her to date me. These days karaoke is the closest I get to the stage, but I still love it.
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