In my experience, one of the hardest transitions that a founder has to make is from founder to leader. The shift from delivering momentum through individual heroics, to setting up systems for scale, hiring the best people, and delivering success by empowering your team is not easy, but if done right is incredibly rewarding.
Seeing the future through the eyes of our founders.
I view myself as an extension of the team. I hope to be the first call that founders make when they are facing a challenge because they trust that no matter what, we will work together to get to the right outcome. It is also nice to get the first call when celebrating big milestones.
Values. Documenting authentic values unique to your mission will help ensure that while you are moving fast, everyone is making decisions based on shared and consistent principles.
Every new hire should raise the overall average of the company.
Authentic to the problem they are solving, have a unique insight into the market, and are relentless in their pursuit of building an important company (without compromising integrity).
My parents sacrificed everything to come to America in the early 1980s. They worked hard(er), never made excuses and were thankful along the way. Their work ethic, passion and integrity shapes who I am and the type of founders I want to spend time with.
It would be a comic book about a superhero who could leap tall buildings in a single bound...oh wait, that exists already
You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.- William Faulkner
When I was in high school I had to choose to follow my passion for art or math - I decided on math but can still tell you when 1 pixel is off :)
Every member of the early-stage team is a former operator / founder. The result is that we all play on one team, hustle like entrepreneurs, have empathy for the journey founders are on and can provide guidance to our portfolio companies from both practical and academic viewpoints.
I wanted to learn from and support special founders who want to build important companies.
Healthcare. Technology and data are being used to increase access, decrease cost and improve the overall patient experience resulting in meaningfully impacting millions of people.
I love when I am able to advise a founder through a challenging time that then results in a great outcome.
I would love to shoot hoops with Larry Bird. I grew up a huge Celtics fan.