As an engineering grad student at Stanford University I took an entrepreneurship class and found my calling.
Since then I’ve been part of America’s startup community as an entrepreneur, investor, and advisor. I LOVE what I do and write about what works, doesn’t work, what happens in the trenches, and why Lean Startups are so hard.
As an investor for a strategic government fund, I helped make over $20M of venture investments in 25 start-ups. I’ve raised venture capital and won NSF grants to fund my own startups in consumer finance, transportation, and healthcare.
As an Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the National Science Foundation (NSF) I mentored dozens of startups in industries as diverse as biotech, manufacturing, and enterprise/consumer software. Through NSF I’ve helped startups at workshops at Stanford, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon and am proud to have been part of NSF’s new iCorps program with living legends Steve Blank, John Feiber, and Alexander Osterwalder.
While living in Washington, DC I founded and co-organized the DC Lean Startup Meetup where entrepreneurs learn from each other and the world’s best advisors like Eric Ries, Dave McClure, and Brad Feld. I recently moved to Beijing, China and have started Lean Startup Meetup Beijing.
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