I love investing in, co founding companies with, and hanging out with other founders.
There is nothing harder and more lonely than being a founder and I respect/empathize with others going through the struggle.
I am a founder but started out as a pro athlete getting drafted by the NHL's New York Rangers in 2005. A few years later, my career officially ended after a gnarly car accident. I was hit by a fully-loaded transport truck, rushed to the ICU and diagnosed with what was deemed a 'catastrophic' brain injury and left me with a permanent disability.
But I decided to keep on trucking and started to recover well.
With Hockey abruptly over I knew I needed a new purpose in life and at the perfect time I discovered entrepreneurship (while watching a YC video on Youtube while still in the hospital)
My first start up, eProf.com, failed.
My 2nd was an unnamed VR project that I founded after trying on the Oculus Rift DK1. The product was VR renderings of pre construction condos and we helped sell a penthouse despite the product being suboptimal. After less then a year, I accepted an offer to sell to a Canadian private equity fund as a 'tuck in' acquisition for one of their portfolio companies and finally got my first win.
I spent the next 12 years building start ups with a few notable outcomes.
In 2017, I created Polymath (venture backed, 75mm total raised, run rate 8 figs revenue, peak token market cap $1bn/top 50 coin) - one of the first security token projects in Web3
I love Polymath and am proud of our community and what our team continues to build (especially our new layer-one purpose-built security token blockchain: Polymesh)
Since hiring an awesome CEO at Polymath I've cofounded and incubated: Tokens.com (30mm raised, took public in 2021) and now Sapien: a data marketplace that helps long tail AI models close the performance gap with big tech via a mobile data labeling game.
When not in Asana or ruthlessly 'following up' with literally everyone old school style (email), I train BJJ and am a proud sponsor of causes close to me like The Africa Inland Mission and Brynn Children Home.