Mr. Fintech Entrepreneur
I am a technologist with a 14 year career, looking to transition to professional investing, ideally private equity. I have been part of 6 startups, 3 which were acquired. I’ve also worked in the past as a consultant for both the US Government and several Fortune 500 companies, solving problems involving data analytics, high availability and security. I play amateur rugby for a local men’s club and have served as team manager off and on. I also serve as an advisor for 2 other startups.
Undergrad School: American Intercontinental University
Undergrad Major: Information Technology
Age: 34, Ethnicity: Black or African American
Other Degree/Certification: Harvard CORe
School Name: Harvard Business School Online
Extracurriculars: Men’s Rugby, Startup Advisor (Tech)
Industry: Banking & Finance
Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 6 mos
Length of Employment: 1 yr
Big Life Wins:
I have 2 wins I am very proud of. The first was early in my career, where I was part of the engineering team that launched a troubled government security program, which is still used by millions. The second is my recent role as co-founder and CTO of a nationally-known Fintech startup, now valued at $16MM.
Post MBA Goal:
It would seem odd that I would leave a successful startup to pursue my MBA, but it’s the right time for the right school. I’m ready to apply my knowledge of managing large technology projects to private equity or perhaps growth equity/VC, and for me, this is the right time to do it. I could try to come in cold from the side door but 1) I value what I know I can learn from an MBA 2) after working 14 years I’m ready for a change of scenery and 3) I know if I do it right and come through a top program the outcome will be much better because I’ll get a network I can’t recreate otherwise.