What is your current role and where do you work?
I am the co-founder and Managing Partner at Caerus Investment Partners. We’re a micro-VC focused on seed-stage investing.
How did you get into tech?
My first job after getting my MBA was with Lehman Brothers in the Global Technology Group. I covered tech, media and telecom companies for 10 years, so transitioning into VC felt natural.
What’s your favorite technology to work with and why?
I love any tech that simplifies my life. I’ve been using Clara to help schedule my meetings and keep my life somewhat in order.
What project are you most proud to have worked on and why?
I’m actually really proud of co-founding Caerus. There are so few minority run VCs, so overcoming the obstacles was a big deal for me.
What do you see as the most interesting technology on the horizon?
I’m really interested in seeing where machine learning takes us. I watched a ton of sci-fi as a kid, so anything that gets us closer to Skynet excites me.
If you weren’t working in tech, what would you be doing?
I would be a criminal defense attorney. Probably too much time watching Law & Order.
What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned in your tech career?
A little bit of luck goes a long way. The difference between success and failure can be razor thin. Entrepreneurs typically don’t want to admit that some things are out of their control. A bit of luck at the right time can change history.
What can companies do to create more inclusive environments?
Honestly, it’s time to stop talking about inclusion and do something about it. Hiring people of color or women is only the first step. Processes need to be in place to ensure long-term retention.
What keeps you busy when you’re not being a technologist?
Being a family man. Watching my infant son grow up is keeping my hands full.