I started out my business career around age 12 with one of my closest friends. We coded some tools for the Apple ][ and sold them on a floppy at retail in Montclair, NJ - my hometown. Actually, that friend is still very close to me and tells people that my first business endeavor was charging him to use my computer to learn programming. I tell those same people if it wasn't for me, he wouldn't be the MIT grad and world-class engineer he has become.
As an undergrad at Tulane in New Orleans, I built a GL system based on dBase for a chain of local gumbo restaurants. As a young investment banker in Houston, I learned the ropes via risky, complicated, highly structured debt and equity transactions.
I spent the better part of the last 20 years advising and investing in financing healthy and distressed companies, in particular software companies where I can add value. I sit on boards and love being a part of their successes, trials and tribulations. Along the way, I have been fortunate to be involved with many inspiring people and companies. I tend to invest with and in friends.
My family and I reside in Irvine, CA about ten-fifteen minutes from the Pacific Ocean and an hour from LA and San Diego.