Welcome to ‘A Blog’

About Me

Welcome to my blog. I put this together so I have a place where I can put notes, observations, or just write about anything I’d like. I find writing to be slightly cathartic. What I blog about are my own personal interests, and sometimes I put a lot of effort into them, and sometimes very little. So you may come across a few happy grammatical accidents. Below is more about me and my background.

I like flat and collaborative organizations that allow individuals to produce a ‘product’, whatever that is. I am highly critical of myself and seek to improve if gaps appear. I believe it’s important for people to do this to continue progressing, learning, and bettering themselves year after year. I love to work with people who are fast moving, intuitive, open to wild ideas (but critical), optimistic, and smart in creative ways.

Outside of work I relax by spending time with my Rhodesian Ridgeback, Australian Heeler, and wife. My passions in the summer are rock climbing, running, hiking, mountain biking, skydiving (this one is without the dogs), some camping, and in the winter I ski as much as humanly possible.

During my professional career(s) I’ve been fortunate enough to both work and live in Europe, the Middle East, and the West and East Coast of the US. If I could retire now, I’d be living full time in Tahoe or some beautiful mountain town. In the summers I’d be a craft beer critic and mountaineering guide, children’s ski instructor in the winter, and full-time angel investor regardless of the season. Lastly, I’d ditch my iPhone and get a Nokia 6010 to ensure I disconnect and become amazing at the game, Snake.

My Background

Financial Services Corporate Development

These days I’m at a multi-national asset manager’s Corporate Development team focusing on in-organic growth opportunities: partnerships, venture investments, and M&A. Broad stroke emerging technologies interest me the most. I specialize in software for both retail and institutional investing, as well as the application of digital assets across traditional sectors. Have domain knowledge in machine learning, and have focused on SaaS offerings from federated learning to cloud infrastructure.

Founder and host of FinTech Friday, on Clubhouse every Friday @ 0800 PDT

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Venture Partner, Startup Mentor, Advisor, and SME

Fintech Fellow at OnDeck’s ODF1. Venture Partner @ Republic. Active mentor with Techstars, Outlier Ventures, Startupbootcamp, London & Partners, and MassChallenge. Active SME for the World Economic Forum in FinServices, AI. Was involved with the European Commission on Horizon 2020.

BioTech Startup Operator

Joined as employee #2 at a biotech startup in Cambridge, leading operations. 

United States Marine

Was a United States Marine during the Iraq war, serving multiple tours across the Middle East, operating with and in special teams.

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