Hello

Hello

I serve as the CEO of Italic and also help my SO Kati with Not Pot while serving as an owner in Tonari, a Japanese anime studio. I'm easy to reach but please be patient if I don't respond immediately — I'm trying my best! 🙇🏻‍♂️

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Location (March 2020) Park City, Utah

Work

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Positions

Italic
Founder/CEO
Current
2018-Present
Not Pot
Founder
2016-Present
Fountain
Founder/COO
2014-2018
Tonari Animation
Co-owner
2020-Present
Thiel Fellow
2015 Class
2015-2017
Y Combinator
Shyp
Product
2014
CMIIC
Director of Ops
2011-2014

Contact

I'm not great at saying no, so I am trying to set better expectations for those reaching out (and to protect my inbox). If you are contacting me for one of the following reasons, please read my default response before doing so. I do not enjoy and will not do calls.

Investing

I am not an active angel and will not be hands-on in your company.

I prefer founders whom I know personally and markets that are dissimilar to the ones I'm already in.

Speaking

I don't like public speaking and I'll decline unless it tangibly benefits Italic. I do not accept paid opportunities and will not travel.

Students

I unfortunately don't have much time these days so I will almost certainly not respond. That said, it wasn't so long ago that I was in your shoes and I remember, admire, and sorely miss the hustle and grind—I genuinely wish you all the best.

Advising

I am 99% confident that I do not have the bandwidth to be worth equity in your company. If you feel otherwise, please send an email.

Selling

SDRs/AEs — please don't reach out to me.

I appreciate the research, but I am not the one who will be making the purchasing decision. Research and reach out to the relevant colleague on the respective team.

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Investing

I am occasionally lucky to be invited to join a founder on their journey—I'm a silent, tiny, inactive part of the cap table and any success is squarely due to the work and tenacity of the founders.

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Portfolio

NameDescriptionEntryCo-InvestorUnicornLink
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Stealth
Camera + integrated software
Seed
KindredMike KriegerHong FengLiam Casey
💣
Stealth
Creator subscription platform
Pre-Seed
776
💣
Stealth
Canva for video
Seed
Thrive Capital
Pipe
NASDAQ for recurring revenues
Pre-Seed
CraftSocial Capital
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Ramp
Smart spend management
Series B
Founders FundGoldman Sachs
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Secureframe
SOC 2 & ISO 27001 compliance
Series A
KPCBGradient
Settle
Modern AP/AR & financing
Pre-Seed
Max LevchinFounders FundKPCB
Weav
API for commerce platforms
Seed
FoundationBoxGroupHenrique Dubugras
Airhouse
4PL for DNVBs
Seed
Naval Ravikant
Finch
API for payroll and HR
Seed
General CatalystHomebrewBoxGroup
Karbon
Corporate cards + banking for India
Pre-Seed
Hero Cosmetics
Simple and effective skincare
Seed
Aria Growth Partners
Stir
Financial studio for creators
Seed
HomebrewLudlowA16Z
Alto IRA
Alternative IRA administration
Series A
CartaCoinbase
Bulletin
Premium wholesale marketplace
Series A
Foundation
Made
Home renovation made easy.
Series A
Insight PartnersFelicisFounders Fund
Alloy
E-commerce automation platform
Seed
BainAbstract
Curtsy
Thrifting marketplace
Series A
Index
Patch
Carbon-offsetting as a service
Seed
A16Z
Notion
All-in-one workspace
Series B
IndexNaval Ravikant
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Oura
Best-in-class health tracking
Series C
ForerunnerTCGTemasek
Awning
Frictionless commercial real estate ownership
Seed
GFCMassMutual
Modernbanc
API for banking
Seed
Village GlobalGFC
Backbone
Mobile gaming hardware + software
Seed
SoundLudlowMr Beast
Seated
Rewards for dining out
Seed
InsightCraft
Pyka
Autonomous crop-dusters
Seed
Prime Movers Lab

Writing

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Posts

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The Secret Italic Master Plan
⼯ Work
To the Fountain team, thank you.
⼯ Work
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Friendvestor Update #2: Money
⼯ Work
🛠️
The Modern Workforce
⼯ Work
🙈
Why Software Companies Hide Pricing
⼯ Work
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An Honest Year as a Dropout
⽣ Life

Don't expect many emails