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Professional Experience

1955 Capital (2016 – ; Bay Area): Principal
1955 Capital is a U.S.-based venture capital firm that invests in technologies from the developed world that can help solve the developing world’s greatest challenges in areas like energy, the environment, food safety, health, education, and manufacturing. The firm has completed a first close on $200M in anchor commitments
    Yik Yak (2014 – 2015; Atlanta): VP, Product & Business Development
    Yik Yak is a venture-backed startup building hyperlocal communities for mobile devices which has raised over $70M in venture funding since its inception.
    • Drove Series B fundraising process leading to a $60M+ financing
    • Built and managed team of 6 PMs, designers, and UX researchers supporting all product and systems development within company
    • Implemented analytics systems and helped build culture around data and experimentation
    • Guided roadmap and implementation of over 1 year of releases including multiple key features (phone number verification, reply icons, notification center, My Herd, sharing, web
    • Handled all preliminary partnership conversations and executed on partnerships with University of Florida, MTV, Comedy Central, and Bleacher Report
    DCM (2010 – 2014;  Bay Area) VP, Investments
    DCM is a leading early stage venture capital fund based in the Silicon Valley, Beijing, and Tokyo, managing over $2.8B in assets.
    • Generalist within firm with emphasis on opportunities in frontier technologies, infrastructure tech, connected platforms, and new models for healthcare
    • Sourced and closed three investments (all of which have already raised follow-on financing): Augmedix, Athos, and Yik Yak
    • Work directly with management at number of DCM companies (including 1Mainstream, Arrayent, Athos, Augmedix, Cognitive Networks, Enovix, FreedomPop, Rayvio, Stride Health, and Yik Yak) on product marketing, fundraising, financial planning, business development, hiring, and defining strategy
    • Built software tools to facilitate internal voting process and programmatically parse data from AppAnnie (mobile app store rankings data vendor) and Crunchbase (online repository of venture financings)
    Bain & Company (2007 – 2010;  Bay Area): Senior Associate Consultant
    Bain & Company is a leading management consulting firm.
    • Performed competitive benchmarking to compare a client’s manufacturing operations with best-in-class contract manufacturers
    • Analyzed technology industry profitability to identify attractive growth vectors for large tech client and highlight key differences between profit/power concentration in different verticals
    • Conducted financial and strategic diligence on wide range of potential acquisition targets (ranging in value from ~$100M to over $50B) to map out strategic acquisition options and gameboarding scenarios for a Fortune 500 technology client
    • Facilitated concept development and pilot phase of client initiative to provide operational support services for supply chain
    • Provided strategic and financial analysis to aid multiple clients in determining appropriate response to potentially disruptive trends; topics covered include cloud computing, mobile commerce, next-generation semiconductor manufacturing, cross-border eCommerce, social networking, etc.
    • Devised presentation for CEO-level conversation on a process to pro-actively acquire/partner with assets which can aid client in dealing with disruptive innovations
    • Overhauled Bain toolkit for codification in new book by Bain partners Mark Gottfredson and Steve Schaubert, The Breakthrough Imperative
    • Consistently received strong reviews with ratings of “frequently exceeds expectations” and “upward trajectory”; received offer to return along with offer of sponsorship for future graduate studies
    Roche Pharmaceuticals (2005; Palo Alto, CA) Research Intern, Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics
    Roche Pharmaceuticals is a leading pharmaceutical company
    • Validated use of Isothermal Titration Calorimeter in enzyme kinetics studies
    • Assessed factors limiting application of approach to study of Cytochrome P450 enzyme system
    • Presented findings at department seminar
    Abgenix Corporation (2003; Fremont, CA) Intern, Process Sciences
    Abgenix was a biotechnology company focused on humanized antibody therapeutics which was acquired by Amgen in 2006
    • Performed optimization studies for ELISA protocols used by Abgenix’s Process Sciences division
    • Presented findings at department seminar

    Projects

    Xhibitr (2007 – 2009; Bay Area)
    Xhibitr was a fashion-oriented social network (see more detail)
    • Provided organizational structure for team and developed long-term plan
    • Primary responsibility for HTML/CSS and aspects of front-end interface development
    • Presented initial design with co-founder team at Stanford’s 2009 Cool Products Expo

    Academic Research

    Maniatis Group (2004 – 2007; Cambridge, MA)
    Harvard University Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
    Completed senior thesis “Transcriptional Regulation of Members of the Tripartite Motif Family” (link; report PDF) in lab of Professor Tom Maniatis.
    Brenner Group (2006 – 2007; Cambridge, MA)
    Harvard University Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Worked with Professor Michael P. Brenner on applying separation of timescales and dominant balances towards simplifying complex biological math models, specifically with regards to what sets the Ran gradient in nuclear transport (link; report PDF).
    Brown Group(Summer 2004; Stanford, CA)
    Stanford Medical School Center for Clinical Science Research
    Worked in the lab of Professor Janice (Wes) M. Y. Brown researching stem cell reconstitution of murine immune systems in conjunction with antifungal agents and combinations of lymphoid and myeloid progenitor cells. Research summarized in: (Arber C, et al. Journal of Infectious Diseases [2005])

     

    Education

    Harvard University (2003 – 2007; Cambridge, MA) A. B. Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors in Biochemical Sciences, Secondary Field in Mathematical Sciences
    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s Research Award (2006), Harvard College Research Program Award (2006), Harvard College Scholar (2005-2006), Tylenol Scholar (2005-2006)
    Thesis: Transcriptional Regulation of Members of the Tripartite Motif Family in Response to Viral Infection (link)
    Selected Extracurriculars:

    Skills/Other

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