A serial entrepreneur that has spent my entire career focused on how technology can
positively impact people.
I’m passionate about helping others make a difference in the world.
I founded BetterCompany to help make people happier at work.
(If you’re recruiting people, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gotta have meaning
Building a company and achieving real scale is really hard.
So if you’re not trying to change the world, why bother?
No widgets, no bro apps. No bro’s period.
Don’t invest in useless things.
It starts with “Founder Market Fit”
A very compelling “Why”
Sees the world differently than others.
Has deep conviction but is open-minded and ﬂexible to how to get there.
Then it’s “venture scale”
If the organization can’t touch 100,000,000 people within 5 years,
it’s not for me.
There isn’t enough time or money to do everything I want to do.
So I have to ﬁnd the people capable of making the most return on my generosity
My time, my money, my network should
create the greatest amount of good in the world.
We could build out a graphic - connect the dots, concentric circles, or some other shape along every step…
But do I care enough?
It really has to improve people’s lives in some meaningful way.
Joist: Makes contractors lives better
Brightwheel: Makes educators lives better
So while I do a lot of vertical SaaS, I also look a lot like an “impact” investor
Food, Healthcare, Education, Civic Society and Community
Impact has a deservedly bad name.
Many early impact investors were trust fund kids
(Aging hippy awesome trust fund kids but still not their money)
Different relationship to investing.
“Great returns” were 10%
Took a “donor’s mind” to investing.
Many investments were not tech companies.
Focus on businesses with teams that can achieve real scale.
Invest in core areas fundamental for humans to thrive:
Food, Education, Healthcare, Community & Infrastructure.
Become a Legend.
Legends are forged by
I am in competition to be the most impactful investor in every company I invest in.
When I can’t, I’m still a trusted friend to the CEO.
I judge my success based on two things:
“Am I the ﬁrst call in good and in bad?” and
“Did I win more than my pro-rata?”
Foodworks*: WeWork for Food
ChefHero: Killing Sysco
Brightwheel: Improving early-stage education
Grove Collaborative: Redeﬁning consumer packaged goods
Stasis Labs: Better, cheaper vitals monitoring for patients
MavenCare: Better eldercare
Patch: Simplifying out of network reimbursement for healthcare
Accredible: accreditation as a service.
* Sourced from last AngelSummit
I want to invest in the following:
“Kids Savings +Trusted Job Network”
Anything that improves hospitals and patient outcomes.
Anything that improves educational outcomes and lowers cost of delivery.
Anything that improves labor efﬁciency while increasing worker empowerment.
Anything that reduces food waste and improves access to healthier food for more people.
Anything that reduces the cost of being poor or being a person of color or both.