I am a seed stage tech investor. I back category-defining entrepreneurs building next-generation deep-tech platforms. If this is you, I’d love to talk.
If you pitch me on your idea, you will find that my feedback is blunt, honest, and likely against the grain. I pride myself on being an independent thinker, focused on the big picture, and constantly challenging norms. My focus is not where the world is today, but where I think it will be 5 – 10 years from now. I have never invested in a company looking to make a quick buck — I have a long-term horizon and seek entrepreneurs who are equally strategic in their plans. Please be prepared to discuss your “secret sauce” and why you have an unfair competitive advantage, because I will ask about that.
I believe that in large part, my background plays a great role in shaping who I am today. I grew up in a single parent home, with meager means, and was an immigrant to the US as a young child — like many of the entrepreneurs whom I back today. I started my own VC firm after graduating business school with nothing but $10k in my pocket and a rough sketch of what I thought I could build. Today TechU is one of the most selective and best-performing seed firms on the east coast. Through the process, I’ve learned a lot about perseverance, grit, and hustle.
I am fluent in English, Hebrew, Farsi, and Spanish — At times, I’ve been pitched by entrepreneurs in each of these languages.
I earned an MBA from MIT, where I was a grand prize winner of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition and was voted by my classmates for the Statue of Liberty Award. I have since been invited as a featured speaker and judge at the $100K. I graduated from Yeshiva University with a degree in accounting and finance, and completed an intensive program studying ancient Jewish texts.
In my free time, I enjoy cycling and traveling.