Hello

Hello

I serve as the CEO of Italic and help my SO Kati with Not Pot while serving as an inactive partner 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 (Last Updated March 2020) Park City, Utah

Work

Positions

Italic
Founder/CEO
Current
2018-Present
Not Pot
Founder
2016-Present
Fountain
Founder/COO
2014-2018
Tonari Animation
Partner
2020-Present
Thiel Fellow
2015 Class
2015-2017
Y Combinator
Shyp
Product
2014
CM International
Director of Operations
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.

Portfolio

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Stealth
Camera + integrated software
KindredMike KriegerHong FengLiam Casey
💣
Stealth
Canva for video
Thrive Capital
💣
Stealth
Creator subscription platform
Pipe
NASDAQ for recurring revenues
CraftSocial Capital
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Ramp
Smart spend management
Founders FundGoldman Sachs
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Secureframe
SOC 2 & ISO 27001 compliance
KPCBGradient
Settle
AP for commerce
Max LevchinFounders FundKPCB
Oura
Best-in-class health tracking
ForerunnerTCGTemasek
Finch
API for payroll and HR
General CatalystHomebrewBoxGroup
Notion
All-in-one workspace
IndexNaval Ravikant
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Seated
Rewards for dining out
InsightCraft
Stir
Creator tools
HomebrewLudlowA16Z
Alloy
E-commerce automation platform
BainAbstract
Curtsy
Thrifting marketplace
Index
ShopShops
Crossborder liveshopping
ForerunnerTCGUSVGGV
Weav
API for commerce platforms
FoundationBoxGroupHenrique Dubugras
Modernbanc
API for banking
Village GlobalGFC
Bimaplan
Affordable insurance for India
Kunal ShahTitan Capital
Bulletin
Premium wholesale marketplace
Foundation
Alto IRA
Alternative IRA administration
CartaCoinbase
Pyka
Autonomous crop-dusters
Prime Movers Lab
Backbone
Mobile gaming hardware + software
SoundLudlowMr Beast
Vital
Personalized diagnostics
TELUS
Airhouse
4PL for DNVBs
Naval Ravikant
WISE
Digital toolkit for teachers
Shaan PuriShrug
Millions
Challenger bank w/ lottery
Giant8VC
Tydo
Analytics for brands
Greylock
Patch
Carbon-offsetting as a service
A16Z
Laskie
Professional services market
Koala
Full service pet pharmacy
Elegen
Microfluidic DNA synthesis
A16Z
Shadow
Modern lost & found
LuxFounders Fund
Enquire
Post-purchase surveys for e-commerce
Malomo
Tracking & delivery customization for e-commerce
Base10
VCG
Anonymous founder forum
Junip
E-commerce reviews platform
Awning
Frictionless commercial real estate ownership
GFCMassMutual
Made Renovation
Home renovation made easy.
Insight PartnersFelicisFounders Fund
Namebase
HNS exchange
Thrive Capital
Archie
Payroll advances for creatives
Worklife
Nebula
Privacy-focused genome sequencing
George Church
Copy AI
GPT-3 copywriting
CraftSequoia
Dwelling
Saving for a home
Marble
Cashier-free PoS
Naval Ravikant
Justo
Online PoS and delivery for restaurants
Forward Foods
Next generation CPG brand builder
SlowEqual VenturesHaystack
Sanzo
Sparkling water
Scott BelskyNik Sharma
Canopy
Health-minded humidity
JUDY
Premium safety kits
immi
Healthier ramen
Saily
Secondhand marketplace
Bastian Lehmann
Acquired by Mercari

Writing

Posts

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

Don't expect many emails