In the summer of 2010, I made the leap from consulting to venture capital, and for the past four years, I’ve had the privilege of working with some fantastic colleagues and some incredible entrepreneurs. I learned a great deal about startups, about entrepreneurship, about business, and about myself during that time, and its an experience I feel incredibly lucky to have had. But its hard to spend four years working with startups without getting “infected” by the desire to try your own hand at working in a startup :-). So, starting on Oct 1, I will embark on the next chapter of my career as the new Vice President of Product and Business Development for a startup called Yik Yak, which is building a mobile-centric social platform taking advantage of the community and social aspects that come from location and anonymity.
I first found out about the company after looking at the output from a software tool I had built to parse data from mobile app store ranking data provider App Annie to find new mobile applications which were seeing big upticks in downloads. This led to a quick series of back-and-forth emails and phone calls which culminated in my firm investing in their seed round and, a few months later, my firm leading their Series A (complete with me chasing down the founders at San Francisco International airport to get a signature on the term sheet just before their flight). Over the past few months, I’ve gotten the chance to see the two founders build out a product which seems remarkably addictive to its core user base and when they offered me this role, it seemed like a great next step for my career, and I am super-excited to be joining them!