Home: Miami, FL; Telluride, CO. Age: 54. Birthplace: Boston, MA. Profession: Private equity. Organization: Pelican Cat Capital. Title: Founder. Alma mater: Colgate University (B.S.); Columbia University Law School (J.D.).
Current project: Clean energy, entertainment content, fitness. Latest contribution to others: Mentoring colleagues, raising two young ladies. What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Betting early that “online dating” would go from a digital version of personals ads to a foundational, ubiquitous part of modern social life. Hobbies: Skiing, mountain biking, movies, fiction. Last book read: The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu. Recently viewed and recommended: Top Gun Maverick - back to basics. Recent unique acquisition: Reliable air conditioning.
Personality profile: Energetic, competitive, decisive. Moral compass: If you don’t have a credible, good faith argument for it, don’t do it. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Transparent, trusting and respectful. What is your greatest joy? My kids’ laughter. What is your guilty pleasure? Sports TV. How do you relieve stress? Finish whatever can be finished. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Sunshine.
What was your first paying job? Bag boy at a local supermarket. What was your favorite college course? Victorian Poetry. What was your favorite childhood toy or game? GI Joe with Kung Fu Grip. What book have you repeatedly read? Money, by Martin Amis. What movie have you repeatedly watched? Raiders of the Lost Ark. Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My older brother. What’s the best advice you received growing up? Go outside. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Don’t plan too far ahead.
Economically rational clean energy.
What widely held belief do you reject? That political compromise is bad. What mega-trend most concerns you? Political group think on either side of the aisle.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Not Dead Yet. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Christopher Pratt. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A secret agent. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My twenties. I would have worked less and had more fun.
Personal motto: Work hard, work smart, have fun. Desired epitaph: He always did his best.