What I'm Doing Now
- Discovr (Founder & CEO)
- Website: https://joindiscovr.com/
- What is Discovr?: Discovr is a concept and vision for a community-driven curation and discovery platform. With Discovr, people would be able to easily keep track of everything they consume and want to consume, while also seeing what the people they follow on the platform are consuming & rate highly.
- Background and my role. I spent 8+ months building out a thesis for how to improve our content discovery & consumption habits. I then found 2 co-founders at WashU to start working on Discovr. I managed the team of 3 and developed our product roadmap, go-to-market strategy, and much more.
- The Takeoff (Founder)
- Website: https://thetakeoff.substack.com/
- Twitter: @_TheTakeoff
- What is The Takeoff?: The Takeoff is a publication designed to inspire the next generation of startup and technology leaders. We interview leading founders, operators, and investors, asking questions designed to help college students + recent grads who are interested in pursuing careers in startups, tech, venture capital, product, engineering, and more.
- My Role: Build. I manage the team, run back-office operations, perform + record interviews, manage strategy, and lead promotional efforts, among other things. I wear a lot of hats. I learn a bunch of things.
- JMI Equity (Incoming Investor)
- Website: https://jmi.com/
- What is JMI Equity?: JMI Equity is a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies. Founded in 1992, JMI has invested in over 150 businesses in its target markets, successfully completed over 100 exits, and raised more than $4 billion of committed capital. JMI partners with exceptional management teams to help build their companies into industry leaders.
- My Role: I spent this past summer as a Summer Analyst at JMI Equity. I focused on sourcing and diligence. I'll be returning to JMI in Fall 2020 to help find and back the next wave of great B2B software companies.
* We are putting Discovr on pause so my co-founders can finish their degrees and enjoy college.
I wear a lot of hats.
* I started The Takeoff because I saw the need for a more centralized platform to provide startup-related resources to students. I wrote a blog post about The Origins of The Takeoff (check it out to learn more about why Lukas, Roshan, and I formed The Takeoff). We have spent no $ on The Takeoff and plan to do so for the foreseeable future — seeing how large of an impact we can have without spending a dime 🙂
(After we interviewed YC's Ryan Choi, Y Combinator Tweeted a link to the interview — this was awesome and great free promotion for The Takeoff and our mission. Thank you YC!)
What I've Done
- Addition (Consultant — Summer '21)
- Website: https://addition.com/
- What is Addition?: Addition is a new venture fund founded by Lee Fixel (former head of Tiger Global's private equity investments). Addition has $2.7b AUM and is both stage- and sector-agnostic.
- My Role:
- I helped Addition by building market maps, sourcing deals, and developing relationships in select areas of interest.
- Equal Ventures (Summer Analyst — Summer '19)
- Website: https://equal.vc/
- What is Equal Ventures?: Equal Ventures is an NYC-based early-stage venture capital firm investing in founders and companies disrupting legacy industries. Equal's thesis- and research-driven approach to investing allows the firm to identify businesses transforming society and industry. Equal recently closed its first fund ($56M).
- Who is Equal Ventures?: Richard Kerby (GP); Rick Zullo (GP); Ali Afridi (Investor)
- My Role:
- Performed a deep dive into the transportation and logistics industry, analyzing market conditions, key players, cost structures, and opportunities for startups.
- Created bi-weekly “Research Briefing Books” highlighting key findings in Equal’s industries of focus *at the time*(child care, senior care, retail, logistics, insurance, energy, agriculture, and real estate).
- Washington University Entrepreneur Society (Founder, Former President, and Current Advisor)
- Website: https://www.linkedin.com/company/washuentrepreneursociety/
- What is the Washington University Entrepreneur Society: The WashU Entrepreneur Society is a leading entrepreneurship club for WashU undergrads. The club hosts weekly meetings consisting of educational workshops, guest speaker events, and more.
- My Role:
- I founded the WashU Entrepreneur Society during the fall of my sophomore year. I then ran the club, as President, for 3 semesters. I currently act as an Advisor for the club.
- I took an idea and built it into a 50+ student organization within two seemsters.
- Ground Up Ventures (Campus Partner — Spring '19)
- Website: https://www.groundup.vc/
- What is Ground Up Ventures?: Ground Up Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in Israeli and US companies.
- Who is Ground Up Ventures?: David Stark (Founding Partner); Cory Moelis (Founding Partner); Jordan Odinsky (Investor, Head of Platform); Le'ora Lichtenstein (Investor)
- My Role:
- Sourced deals, met with founders, and performed due diligence on early-stage startups in the St. Louis area
- Created a map / database of the 91+ venture-backed startups founded by WashU alumni with over $1M in funding
- Intello (Data Analytics Intern — Summer '18)
- Website: https://www.intello.io/ (Intello was acquired by SailPoint in Feb '21)
- What is Intello: Intello is a real-time SaaS management platform used by companies such as Toast, Instacart, Epic Games, and Peloton, among others.
- My Role:
- Built Excel spreadsheets of customers’ financial spending on software products; Helped tag software companies in order to improve Intello’s SaaS management algorithm
* Intello was where I first fell in love with software / SaaS — I spent hours every day looking through lists of software companies. They're building an awesome product and team — if you want to get in touch with them, let me know, and I'd be happy to connect you with the team!