"The passion, innovation, and sheer persistence of founders is absolutely inspiring."
What professional or personal event in your life helped shape the way you think about entrepreneurship?
Before his retirement, my father was a small business owner for about thirty years. He was dedicated to his craft with a relentless drive and work ethic. Most mornings he was up at 4am managing the books before he set out for his day. Having worked in venture for a handful of years now, I see that same passion and persistance in many of the founders we meet. Those characteristics are necessary to successfully build any business.
What inspires you about venture capital?
The people. The passion, innovation, and sheer persistence of founders solving complex problems - and the investors who partner with them to help make an idea or dream a reality - is absolutely inspiring.
In another life, if you weren’t in venture capital, what would you be?
An architect, specifically for large-scale renovations and rehab projects. Building from scratch doesn't excite me the way reworking a disfunctional space does. I like the challenge and problem solving that comes with having to work within constraints. In my mind, that's where the real creativity lies.
It’s a Saturday afternoon, where can we find you and what are you up to?
Weekends are filled with family time. I'm a wife and a mom to three young kids. During the summer we escape to the beach - I love the water - or find ourselves on the hiking trails near my house. I try to run a few half marathons a year, and do my long runs on weekend mornings (with no music, news, or podcasts...it's my only quite time!).