Angel Investing

I angel invest in startups, usually from pre-seed to series A. Some things I believe:

I’ve invested in over 50 companies, including Daily, DoNotPay, Eight Sleep, maude, Spring Science, Texts, Traba, and Varda. My typical check size is $50k (it will go up or down based on involvement needed). I'm an LP in several funds, including LGF, MKT1, and Shrug; if you're worried about a conflict, please ask. I only invest my own money and have no plans to raise a fund. (And, if you're trying to get into angel investing, I highly recommend working with First Round.)

Process For Founders

Your time is valuable, and I don’t want to waste it. Here’s what I’ve found helps me make the most of it:

  1. Email me a deck or memo covering at least these things:
    1.1  What's anomalous about what you’re doing?
    1.2  What’s your unique insight?
    1.3  Why you specifically, and why now?
    1.4  What have you built so far?
  2. I’ll send feedback and questions via email. If it seems like a fit, will schedule time.
  3. If in Bay Area, would love to meet in person. Zoom is ok too.
  4. After the meeting, will get back to you within 48 hours. Usually I can make a decision in that time, but occasionally find it necessary to check back in a week or two (to get a better understanding of how you work). Will let you know if that's the case.

Where I Can Be Helpful

I’ve worked in product at companies that have scaled from under 50 to over 1200 people, from series A to IPO, through the best of times and the worst of times. I've built both highly technical developer products and elegant user facing products, used by tens of millions. I’ve worked closely with (and often as) adjacent areas like business development, customer support, design, developer relations, marketing, and sales.

But, my specialty is building world class products. Where I’m best:

I'm a student of Silicon Valley and love being a sounding board for any hard problems you’re thinking about, even those outside of product. If it’s not an area I’m knowledgable about, odds are I can intro you to someone who is.

Pikachu (the Pokemon) on a surfboard. surfing on waves and smiling