I am sometimes lucky enough to convince friends to let me squeeze a tiny checks into their cap tables.
As a first-time founder who dropped out to move to San Francisco (fitting the stereotype to a tee...) I've lived and breathed startups for enough time to be considered "experienced" in this game. I know how hard it is to build a startup from nothing to something, and how lonely it gets as a first-time founder or a dropout alone in a new city, taking their shot. But I also know the upside and the adrenaline from raising $, hiring, and growing.
Over the years, I've cultivated a powerful network - I am highly confident of the stewards of the next generation of technology lurk undiscovered in my group of friends. I've also developed strong opinions about the way the world should and will look in the next 5, 10, and 50 years, leading me to search for ideas that I am waiting to spring into existence.
If I'm right, there is a significant upside in being able to monetize this opportunity that very few people have access to. I have an enormous appreciation and gratitude for what the community has done for me early in my career, and I want to give back as much as I can in the form of investing in the next generation. And if making a lot of money is a byproduct of seeing the world that I envision exist, then even better.
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