I’m passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and startup investing and I strongly believe that all three are fundamental to the growth and advancement of society. I was born in Poland and moved to NJ with my family when I was three years old. I went to a decent public high school and then got introduced to Manhattan while I was at Columbia studying economics. It is there that I found my two true loves – NYC and startups.
While I was preparing for a career in investment banking during my senior year, I realized there were few reliable online sources that I could use to help me prepare my for my job interviews. After landing a job at an investment bank (back when the economy was good), I spent the last 6 month at Columbia working on InterviewPoint, which for a time became the largest sources of real interview questions online.
Shortly after graduating, I joined investment bank DrKW and focused on Industrials M&A (industrials is kinda like technology, right?). After a year, I realized that I needed the real-deal so I packed my stuff and joined UBS in their Technology Group in San Francisco. I spent the next year learning excel and familiarizing myself with the startup / technology culture.
When I had finished my two years as an analyst, I knew I wanted to do two things: Live in NYC again and work in Venture Capital (ironically, I lived in the Bay Area while I worked in banking). I was fortunate to secure an Analyst position at Canaan Partners. Since joining Canaan in 2007, I’ve focused on identifying and diligencing early stage technology investments in the digital media, eCommerce and advertising space.
In my years as an analyst, I’ve learned that many entrepreneurs don’t know enough about startup modeling – which is why I started this blog.
I’m also working on a project called SkillSlate to help people find New York service providers.