When I was 18, I had my first "wilderness period" where I traveled alone to Africa for 4 months, spending time in Samburuland, Kenya and Harare Zimbabwe. There, I helped with HIV research in villages with HIV rates as high as 90%, did wildlife conservation studies and immersed myself in the Samburu culture. While in Africa, I placed 2nd in the Marala International Camel Derby (I should've won), participated in an animal sacrifice ceremony where I killed a goat, drank its blood and ate its kidneys raw and became an honorary Samburu Warrior.
A Proud Wisconsinite
I was born and raised in a small farming community called Ashton, Wisconsin surrounded by cows, corn fields, and farms. Ashton had one church (St Peters) and two bars (Connies and Rockies Tap) and was about 30 minutes away from the nearest grocery store. It was an amazing place to grow up.
An Ultimate Player
I was a co-captain of the Ohio Wesleyan University Firedogs Ultimate Frisbee Team. We practiced at 6am, running up and down the stairs, played in the heart of the Ohio Winter, and never, ever gave up, coming back from a 9-1 deficit, 5-0 deficit and many more. We were always the most intense team on the field and I learned as much about life on the Ultimate field as I did anywhere else.
I started investing in the stock market when I was 12 years old, playing with a few hundred dollars of my own money and some fantasy stock market dollars. By the age of 16, I convinced my parents to let me manage $10,000 of their retirement money. A week after I had it, 9/11 struck, the market crashed and I was down to $2,000. I never told my father what happened until 13 months later when I was back up to $10,100 through discipline and research. Over the next few years, I turned that $10,100 into $250,000 with my innovative investment concepts.
I also worked in Venture Capital in South Africa where sourced technology investments, worked with portfolio companies across Africa and learned the capital side of entrepreneurship.
Cofounder of Assembled.com
I am the co-founder and ceo of Assembled.com. Assembled is a crowdsourced network of professionals around the world. Assembled is funded by amazing investors including Andreessen-Horowitz, Ashton Kutcher, Ron Conway (The King of Angel Investing), Scott Cook (Wisconsinite and Founder of Intuit), Keith Rabois (Partner at Khosla Ventures), David Sacks (Founder of Yammer), Marc Pincus (Founder of Zynga) and others. If you are interested in getting involved with Assembled to change how we find and connect the most talented people in the world, reachout.
An Alum of Stanford GSB, Oxford & OWU
I was valedictorian at Ohio Wesleyan University, a Visiting Student at the New College of St. Mary's At Oxford and a graduate of the business school at Stanford. While at Business School, I led a 2 week research trip to India, meeting with Mukesh Ambani (richest man in India), the President of India, and many others to learn about how things work there. I also took numerous design school (dSchool) courses including "Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability" where my team invented, manufactured and sold tens of thousands of manual "corn shuckers" to farmers in Ethiopia.