I have been fortunate enough to spend my entire career in startups, from an engineer and designer to a Founder and CEO. I’m currently a venture partner at Spark Capital, an early stage venture firm that does things a little different, and has invested in some great companies.
- The switch from startup product guy to investor sounds crazy to some, but I try to treat this as a product too. I addressed that a little bit here, but I plan to write more on it.
- I’ve been a startup CEO twice. Long enough to know it is a burden and a privilege. You get more of the credit, and more of the blame, than you deserve.
- I’ve sold a company, bought a company, taken a company public, been part of another IPO, and left a company that’s still happily running without me. Transitions are the most treacherous of times.
- Various products I’ve built have reached over 50 million monthly users, and others have been total failures.
- I get as much enjoyment of working on ideas that are my own as I do someone else’s. Ownership is fleeting, making a difference is the scarcity.
- I’ve worked on a variety of consumer startups, from consumer electronics to social gaming to online sports media. I started life as an engineer, then went to design school, and spent most of my professional life in startups. Specialization is for insects.
- I live in San Francisco, and previously lived in Boston, London, Bangkok, the DC area and a few more spots. It took a while, but I finally found home.
- There are a few general themes I tend to come back to in the wandering narrative of life so far: 1) Design 2) Metrics (or more accurately, applying the scientific method in order to drive higher creativity and learning), 3) Hardware, the creation and proliferation of electronic devices 4) Social growth. I will sometimes talk on this blog about things I don’t know as much about, largely to try and learn more about the subject, so please feel free to school me.