What is your story?
Born in Memphis, TN, raised in a traditional nuclear family of four, and the oldest of two kids.
Attended an all-girls private school, and I graduated with a B.A. from Wellesley College in MA (yes...I spent 8 years at all-female institutions).
Majored in Sociology and Economics, became president of my sorority, and launched a couple of businesses / charity organizations while on campus.
Moved back home for 3 years to Memphis, TN after my mom developed breast cancer. I'm living in CA for the second time in my life....this time SF.
(My geographical roadmap looks something like this: MEM--> BOS-->NYC-->LA-->MEM-->SF)
~6 years work experience in investment banking (Entertainment / Media, FIG, DCM) and tech startups (co-founded filmrightsnow.com / Employee #4 at mattermark).
I'm currently heading Strategic Partnerships at Black Girls Code.
How did you get into technology?
I saw the movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley" when I was around 11 years old.
After watching that movie, I became inspired to start (or help start) a business centered around technology.
I learned HTML while in middle school and began college as a computer science major (however, it only took one semester for me to figure out that I was not a career developer).
Aside from that, I LIVE on the internet. Saying that I'm "passionate" about tech is a gross understatement.
What have you started?
I started two businesses in college: a cheerleading camp and a loan origination company (both failures).
I served as co-founder and business development manager of a B2B film rights marketplace startup in 2009.
I made my first angel investment in 2012.
What can you bring to an early stage company?
Numbers, Sales, and Scrappiness:
I have an excellent understanding of corporate finance (modeling, accounting, and data analysis).
I am an excellent salesperson, communicator, connector, and relationship builder.
However, I believe that if you get the chance to ride on a rocketship ...you shouldn't ask which seat!
Why did you major in sociology?
I wanted to major in something that I found personally interesting. Moreover, I realized the study of groups of people could prove beneficial in any career path.
My two favorite classes were 'Celebrity, Fame, and Fortune' and 'Sociology of Conservatism'.
What inspires you?
Women in power
What do you do for fun?
Explore business ideas
Watch trashy reality tv
Playing non-traditional sports (i.e. quidditch, ultimate frisbee)
Discovering new music
Finding cool new "brunch" spots
What are you reading these days?
Mostly business books. Here is my current reading list:
The Hard Thing About The Hard Things
The Startup of You
Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology
The New Jim Crow
The Black Jacobians
What types of companies do you like?
I love companies trying to solve BIG problems.
I am particularly enthusiastic about “real world” applications where digital bits interface.
I like hardware, drones, 3-D printing, wireless power, etc...
What other stuff do you do / are you a part of ?
Chief Curator of AmbitiousGrad - The Ultimate Guide to Wall Street & Silicon Valley Careers
Mentor for Code2040
Board Advisor to Water Wars Atlanta (a clean water initiative started by college students for sub-saharan Africa)
Member of Startup Chicks (a network for women in tech)
Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (a service organization / sorority)