Home: New York, NY. Age: 40. Birthplace: New York, NY. Organization: DR Ventures. Title: Chief Operating Officer. Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His. Alma mater: New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Current project: A cryptocurrency meets gaming play. Recent recognition: 40 Under 40 - Gotham Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 8. Latest accomplishment: Conceptualized and initiated strategic partnerships, brand extensions and investments for clients leading to over 3.2x MOIC in an accelerated time frame. Hobbies: DJ’ing, devouring news, NY sports teams, live music. Last book read: The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory, by John Seabrook.
Personality profile: Intense focus, quick wit, driven. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Unconventional. How do you define a perfect friendship? Shared interests and values, reciprocal candor and understanding. How do you define an ideal business relationship? Trust and transparency. What is your greatest joy? My two children. What natural talent have you neglected? Creative writing.
Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My dad. What is the best advice you received growing up? You don’t come from money! What is the best advice you received in your career? Always think five years down the road. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Data storage. What is your go-to source of news and information? The New York Post. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Central Park. What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? September 11, 2001.
What is your big idea? Reconstructing trade commerce from factory to consumer. What change would you like to see in the world? Less politicization. What mega-trend most excites you? Blockchain. What mega-trend most concerns you? The politicization of everything dividing humanity across identity lines.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? The Why. Who would you like to spend an evening with, in Heaven? Frank Sinatra. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A record executive. What object would you save first from your burning home? My children's stuffies, no question. What advice would you give your younger self? Work smarter. What day in your life would you like to re-live? My engagement to my wife, in Paris.
Personal mission: To create an environment where fear and failure are nothing more than rest stops on the road to success. Personal motto: Inspire the world to try. Favorite quote: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” (Teddy Roosevelt).