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Portfolio

Behind each startup is a unique story and purpose. Below are companies that are led by exceptional entrepreneurs whose vision I strongly support.

Faraday Bicycles is
revolutionizing urban
transportation through
innovative electric
bicycles.
Make Leaps is online
invoicing software
for the Japanese market.
Mighty Text is a
messaging platform that
allows sending and
receiving text messages
from your computer.
Faraday Bicycles Make Leaps Mighty Text
Sibelius develops products
for age-related diseases,
using evidence-based
biological anti-aging
properties of nutraceuticals.
Money Tree is a mobile
personal financial manager
for the Japanese market.
AppSocially provides tools
to measure and
promote virality in
mobile apps.
Sibelius Moneytree AppSocially
Videogram is a leading
interactive media
monetization platform.
Happy Inspector is the #1
mobile inspection app that
saves property managers'
time on creating
inspection reports.
Home Run uses the power of
group buying to offer daily
deals in cities throughout
America.
Videogram Happy Inspector HomeRun

Photography

My parents gave me a Kodak disc camera for my 10th birthday and I’ve been taking pictures ever since. I like creating images that are fun, beautiful and quirky. You can see more of my work on my photoblog.

See My Photoblog

Philanthropy

My parents were both educators who taught me the value of giving back. My contributions focus on education, as I believe in the power of knowledge, and its capacity to drive change. It’s my hope that my charitable work can promote a more educated, thoughtful and prosperous society.

The Wikimedia Foundation runs Wikipedia, which is visited by over 500 million people every month; that’s 2.5 million people for every staff member! The foundation is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing this content free of charge.

Room to Read provides books and and builds libraries across the developing world and has been instrumental in helping over 10 million children learn to read. Room to Read envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

“Wealth is not to feed our egos, but to feed the hungry and to help people help themselves.” Andrew Carnegie

About Me

I’ve spent my whole life jumping into things. It could be keen intuition or dumb luck, but every leap of faith has taught me something invaluable along the way. I’ve made two distinct jumps in my career, from engineer to entrepreneur to investor. As an engineer, I worked in the early days of the green building revolution, trying to solve the problem of how buildings can coexist harmoniously with their environment, rather than destroy it. I was surrounded by colleagues who were deeply committed to this work. Their drive and conviction have stayed with me. As there is nothing quite like finding your service in the world.

A few years later, I dove into entrepreneurship and co-founded Hitplay with two of my best friends. We developed an early cloud-based video encoding and distribution system. The technology then was ahead of its time, as YouTube was yet to be launched for another two years. I quickly learned that scaling a start-up is a nontrivial task, one that comes with a high learning curve. The entrepreneurs that I now advise have benefited from all the missteps I’ve taken and the lessons I’ve learned.

My entry into angel investing started somewhat informally. I casually offered friends advice on their companies, and over time, it became apparent to me that I enjoyed this other side of startups immensely. For there’s no feeling like the relationship you build with an entrepreneur as they work to realize their dreams. And it’s here that you are witnessing the beginning, the moment when a company emerges from nothing to something.