- I’m an Entrepreneur and product builder by trade, and I am now a Venture Partner at Spark Capital investing in early stage startups.
- 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, 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’m still not sure I know how to tell before they launch, but I’ve gotten pretty good at feeling their ultimate scale very soon afterwards and driving towards it.
- 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 Cambridge, MA, which means I fly a lot.
- I’ve gotten smart about some stuff over the years, generally other come to be about growth, social software design, and driving product teams well. 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.
If you were looking for something more formal, try here, or here.