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.
5+ years work experience in finance / investment banking (Media, Film Finance, FIG, DCM) and also co-founded a B2B marketplace startup for buying and selling film rights.
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)
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.
I learned early in my college career that programming was not my forte, and subsequently I decided to pursue business.
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.
I am a generalist who can wear many hats (I can do HTML, e-mail marketing, cold-calls, event planning, and more).
Moreover, 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 Best of Guerrilla Marketing
Rocket Surgery Made Easy
The New Jim Crow
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 ?
Business Development Consultant for start-ups
Advisor to Water Wars Atlanta (a clean water initiative started by college students for sub-saharan Africa)
Past Board Member of Remix Education (an education non-profit focused on first generation college students)
Member of Startup Chicks (a network for women in tech)
Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (a service organization / sorority)