I started this blog in 2013 to capture many of the thoughts and ideas that were rattling around in my head. For me it’s a learning process, first and foremost. I don’t claim to have all the answers. I may not always be asking the right questions.
However, living and working in the heart of Silicon Valley, I have an opportunity to be inquisitive and try to learn as much as possible from the amazing set of people I get to work with, and meet socially. Capturing these lessons and information tidbits on a blog was the obvious next step.
Prior to moving to Silicon Valley I worked for Barclays Bank in London (which included 8 months at an ill-fated B2B startup), and then moved to San Francisco in 2001 where I spent the best part of a decade working on technology programs for Barclays Global Investors and then BlackRock (which included a great stint living in New York City).
My training is in Economics and Computer Science, an interesting match of skills that at times is great (because you can have one foot in the business camp, one in technology), and at other times is sub-optimal (when people are seeking deep specialism). I do miss writing code and can occasionally be found dabbling, but you don’t want me doing anything at scale!
Currently I live in Palo Alto with my wife and young daughter, both of whom keep me on my toes, but also give me the freedom to explore my passion for startups.
If you want to know more about my background you can find me on LinkedIn, or follow me on Twitter for more frequent thoughts and retweets of interesting news articles (some of which I will write about, many of which I won’t).