Critical thinking, problem solving, self-sufficiency for my family with regards to clean off-grid power generation, growing our own wholesome food, and creating communities of like-minded families and individuals to share skills and products amongst the group. It is certainly not going to be renting warehouses to put thousands of crypto-currency mining rigs to solve nonsense mathematical problems while ruining the environment even more.
My biggest challenge...
Ensuring that I am balancing my time amongst the portfolio company entrepreneurs and key employees, and fiercely protecting my family time.
I want to invest in...
Scrappy entrepreneurs that are applying technology to market sectors/niches (preferably high cap markets like real estate, etc.) to facilitate rapid scaling, reduce friction and to solve lingering market/niche issues with innovation.
I can be most helpful at...
As a value-add investor and advisor. I have been a key early employee at three cyber security startups that have created billions of dollars in value for employees, private shareholders and public markets. I am also an early investor in 30+ startups, including Compass (~$1M), Privateer Holdings, CrossCut Ventures (https://www.crosscut.vc), Awake Security, InAuth (acq. by AMEX), RideScout (acq. by Daimler Chrysler), ThreatGRID (acq. by Cisco), Efflux Systems (acq. by Arbor Networks/NetScout), White Ops, PeerNova, etc.
I think we can fix America by...
Totally retool the blood-sucking higher education system and the non-dischargeable federally guaranteed student loan purveyors that are thrilled to provide enormous loans to naive students and families. It is completely asinine that the vast majority of tuition and fees at colleges and universities is so outrageous, that most students need various grants, loans, family savings, scholarships and any other available assistance to even afford to eat, have decent housing, study and actually have the best chances that they can to complete the certificate or degree program successfully. Many students have 20, 30 or even 40 hour work/study, internships or full-time jobs *in addition* to loans and all of the other financial assistance to survive.
My most influential mentor is...
My high school band instructor, Mr. David Haugen. Anyone that can get 275+ high school students marching around in the dark at 5:30 AM consistently is a wizard in my book. Humor aside, Dave consistently was humble, driven, devoted to his students and the advancement of their musical knowledge and their lives after high school, and generally the type of human that I aspire to be.
I am good at...
I am using Wefunder for...
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Learn new things
Meet cool people
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