I've long been interested in entrepreneurship, which I consider to be one of the few avenues for exponential impact in a linear world. In senior year of high school, I cofounded Ureka, a rechargeable battery case company that later was acquired by a smartphone accessories manufacturer.
I'm especially fascinated by how users determine which products succeed and fail, often counterintuitively. This past summer, I was a Visiting Fellow at HubSpot, where I worked on the growth team responsible for hypercharging the HubSpot CRM user base as it left beta. I've also helped startups with biz dev and growth at The Company Lab and interned at GrowHack, a startup growth consulting agency.
On campus, I've been heavily involved with the Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs (CORE) as an executive board member and senior advisor. In the past, I've organized CORE's finances as its CFO, and run initiatives such as the How to Start a Startup discussion seminars, CORE's 3D printing events and the CORE Product Challenge.
Currently, I'm running Almaworks, Columbia's startup accelerator. Every semester, I lead a team of 10+ organizers and 25+ mentors in helping approximately 10 student startups grow. Our past cohort, which graduated in December 2015, has collectively raised more than $3m in seed funding and won competitions such as TechWeek NYC, The Pitch NYC, and Fast Pitch NYC. I'm also helping out and investing in top student startups as a Partner at Dorm Room Fund, a venture fund backed by First Round Capital.
Photo: A Ureka Rechargeable Battery Case