What was your first entrepreneurial endeavor and how did it go?
In 2015 I co-founded the professional esports organization, the Immortals and the LA Valiant. We brought on AEG, Lionsgate, Meg Whitman, and Steve Kaplan as investors and are building a top tier infrastructure that is the future of professional sports and digital entertainment.
What did you do immediately before Crosscut?
I was COO of Square Enix, a $3 billion publicly traded Japanese game and media company.
Nerdiest thing about you?
Rogers Park Elementary School Chess Champion 5th and 6th grade.
What have you learned as an entrepreneur?
What have you learned as an investor?
They don’t know they are mentors to me, but I consider them mentors -- Elon Musk, Fred Wilson, Naval Ravikant, Shane Parrish, Marcus Aurelius, Plato, Dogen. All of them help me with relationships, work, staying present, and inspiring me to live a life well-lived.
What do you look for in partners?
Play well with others whether you’re winning or losing
What do you look for in founders?
Grit, integrity, and the ability to endure painful lessons and improve
Where can people find you on the weekends?
Running on the Manhattan Beach wood chip trail or the Strand, chair 23 on Mammoth, in down dog, reading in a calm place, sitting in the window seat of a plane
Business advice I like
“If you don’t prioritize your life then someone else will.”
Favorite recent tech invention?
Best piece of life advice?