I've seen three startups up-close as an early software engineer, product manager, and founder who does a lot of random stuff.
I helped build a team of over 100 people at Dropcam who re-framed a market, defined a product category, and changed millions of lives and homes by providing safety and security. We joined Google and re-branded as Nest Cam and Nest Aware in 2014. One successful acquisition ($555MM) and one unsuccessful integration later, I left in 2015.
I've mentored and advised 50+ founders. I help them raise funding, learn to lead, and build good products and teams.
I've been the funder as an angel investor and venture capitalist at Felicis Ventures. From top-tier investors, I learned how to look at companies and markets for VC-desired outcomes. And what stories a company needs to tell for this type of funding.
I love helping founders today, especially if:
they are bootstrapping and building companies that grow sustainably
they are working on climate technologies that are not financial instruments
they are working on machine learning and artificial intelligence applications that help us make better decisions and work better, not just delegate decision-making to a black-box statistical model.