Member at Hyde Park Angels
JuntoMentor: Arrow Payments (J4), EdgeOne Medical (J5), Buildout (J6)
"Leadership and culture start at the top. Whatever culture you want, it should be emanating from the top. Every company that I see - no matter how many employees - generally has one person who is a light, the person who really sets the tone for the organization as a whole."
What is something that's not on your LinkedIn profile that you wish was?
Two things: I’m a huge traveler, and have been to 32 countries so far, and that woodworking is a hobby of mine.
Finish the following sentence: "In my experience, ______________."
Every solution is merely tomorrow’s problem.
What is your most memorable Junto moment?
When Raman invited me to be part of his team to think through the future of Junto, it actually ended up reconnecting me with someone that I hadn’t seen in ten years who turned out to be a mutual friend of Raman and mine.
How would you describe your areas of expertise based on industry, market, and/or function?
The best way to describe it is probably multi-industry. I’m an early-stage to mid-stage guy, helping companies as they start raising funding, and then secondly when scaling a business to be high-growth.
What is your superpower?
What is your strength when it comes to emotional intelligence?
My ability and willingness to deal with problems very directly, completely, and without interference with my personal life. I can have a conflict with someone at work, and then be having dinner with them later that night, and the two can be left unrelated from each other.
What are you working on right now?
I’m on a couple of boards as the companies continue to grow, and I’m looking to add a couple more boards when the right opportunity arises.
What have you learned about yourself mentoring with Junto?
I’ve learned that there are multiple ways to pass on experience and knowledge and recommendations. Not every company or individual that walks in is ready or interested in the information, and even though it happens infrequently, I’ve learned how to break through that when it occurs.
What are 1-2 leadership virtues you've observed or learned in your career?
The most important thing is ethics. You can do a lot of things in business and still be okay as long as you keep true to your ethics and always try to do the right thing. And that leadership and culture start at the top. Whatever culture you want, it should be emanating from the top. Every company that I see - no matter how many employees - generally has one person who is a light, the person who really sets the tone for the organization as a whole.