After graduating from Duke and then The Fuqua School of Business, I knew I would never fit in as a big company employee. Entrepreneurship drew me in with its [high energy and immense impact potential]. I ended up co-founding Spinner and Grouper/Crackle, acquired by AOL Time Warner and Sony for $320 million and $65 million, respectively. I also co-founded FYI Living, the “Mythbusters” for health information,” and #climate, a non-profit using social media to inspire real action to counter climate change. Founding Freestyle seemed like a natural next step. Early-stage investing was the perfect fit, allowing me to still harness the startup energy and also help companies grow.
To me and Freestyle, success isn’t just about money. Success also comes in the form of gratitude from entrepreneurs when I am able to go above and beyond in helping them navigate the highs and lows of starting and running a [successful] company. I strive to create a high level of mutual respect in the VC/founder relationship, made easier because of my first hand Founder knowledge.
Outside the world of VC, you can catch me DJing every summer at Burning Man, trekking the globe, and following my daily Peloton and meditation routine.