I’m a geek. I like math, technology, and puzzles. So my natural inclination is usually to try and figure out why things are the way they are and then see if I can come up with a way of making them better. I do tend to get bored easily, so I like to immerse myself in areas where there is a lot of cool technology to play with and a lot of interesting puzzles to solve.
I had a great time getting my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Stanford. Thanks to a friend who started a software company while we were in school, I got pulled into the startup world within a year of graduation and never left.
I’ve started a couple of companies that made cool stuff I’m proud of. One of them was even a very modest success. I’ve also worked with many more as a consultant and thoroughly enjoy talking with fellow geeks about how their latest ideas will change the world. I recently co-founded Right Side Capital Management to make it easier, or at least less painful, for really young tech startups to get their first outside funding.
Along the way, I discovered that I enjoy speaking and writing. I chaired a bunch of conferences, had a couple of magazine columns, and even wrote a book. Now, blogging is my primary outlet for pontificating. Occasionally, I think it may just clear the bar of possible insight.