My career has not been a straight line, however, I realize now that both my academic career and my business experience were all in preparation for the opportunity that lies ahead of me today. I studied economics at UCLA while also working full-time in mortgage analytics, with all its wonderfully complicated, data-driven problems; then co-founding a company and scaling it through the usual life-or-death situations entrepreneurs face on their way to their first $1 million in revenue; and finally, coming to General Catalyst to work with early-stage companies and providing them with a wider range of financing options.
My reward for all that preparation is the opportunity to head operations at General Catalyst during an inflection point in the firm’s evolution from a successful partnership to an enduring global enterprise that serves CEOs at every stage of their companies’ development. In my role, I work closely with the firm’s leadership, our investment team, our entrepreneurs, and our limited partners, while keeping the firm’s internal infrastructure evolving to meet our ambitions.
When I leave the office, I like to head for the kitchen or the grill, where I can indulge my love of cooking and invite friends and family to share the results. I’m also an avid reader of history, because knowing where we’ve been can help us understand where we’re going as individuals, teams, and as a part of the global economy.