My life story in 1-2 minutes, as authentically as I feel comfortable sharing in public. I am hoping a narrative format gives you a better sense of my personality than the rest of my site.
I grew up in a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in a town called Weston. Growing up, I was obsessed with sports and very good at playing them (until my lack of natural athletic ability caught up to me). I was hyper-competitive and if you ask my friends or family, they would tell you that I was a sore loser.
In middle school, my parents switched me from the local public school to a private school 30 miles away. I fought them over this because I did not want to leave my friends, but it was one of the best things to ever happen to me. Over the next 6+ years, I was surrounded by some of the most incredible people that continue to inspire me and motivate me to this day. My parents had to make many sacrifices to ensure my sister and I could attend this school. I am forever indebted to them for this, amongst many other things.
Early on in high school, I wasn't as nice to people as I should have been, and I deeply regret this. Thankfully, my junior year, my girlfriend (who I am thankfully still dating) taught me that being nice was the coolest thing you could be. This lesson was perhaps the most impactful learning I have had in my young life.
I attended Vanderbilt for undergrad and majored in Human and Organizational Development. Though I did enjoy some of the coursework, in retrospect, I wish I had taken more challenging and stimulating courses like Computer Science, Physics, or Math. This feeling motivates me to continue learning throughout life.
Luckily, college is about more than class. I began to find my own interests and think deeply about how I could make an impact on the world. I fell in love with the idea of helping build a start-up, create something out of nothing, and getting to work with awesome people. I co-founded a few of my own ventures during this time (Vanderbilt Autonomous Golf Cart, Aloa, an intra-campus "LinkedIn") and interned at a few start-ups (now infamous Magic Leap, Hashed Health). These experiences were incredibly formative in shaping my long-term career and life goals to make an impact and surround myself with great people.
Junior year, pretty much all my friends were applying for either consulting or investment banking jobs, and I felt like taking one of these jobs was the "right" path. I chose to recruit for consulting, and accepted a job at Bain and Company in Houston. Bain is an incredible company, but consulting is not my ideal career. It's too early for me to say if this was a mistake or not, but it was definitely bad process - I did not seriously consider options outside of consulting, even though I knew I wanted to work in start-ups. Bain did a really good job of teaching me how to be a professional and helped me meet people I will consider friends for a really long time - not a terrible outcome for a first job out of college! Feel free to reach out if you are considering consulting - I have a ton of thoughts on the pro's and con's.
As someone who wanted to make a positive impact with my life who was not feeling fulfilled by my job, when COVID-19 hit, I challenged myself to find a way to help someone - it was now or never. Luckily, a few of my friends and co-workers at Bain felt the same way. Together, we co-founded a non-profit that raised money to purchase meals from local restaurants to deliver to frontline workers and communities affected by COVID-19. I had awesome, capable friends, and we made a substantial difference (delivered >100k meals). This was one of the most formative experiences in my life. I learned a ton from the experience, and I wrote about that here.
I am extremely grateful for the positive impact we were able to have and the people I was able to do it with. As a result of how much I enjoyed this experience, I left my job at Bain to explore more meaningful opportunities. You can read more about what I am up to now!