I’ve seen a zillion venture backed companies over my 20 years in the venture capital. More than most VCs actually.
I’m a venture lender and venture lending is a scale business. That leads to underwriting and managing a lot of deals. I actively monitor dozens of deals at a time. I don’t go as deep into a company as a VC, but I get a broader view from a larger portfolio. Because I have real capital at risk, I get much more depth than investment bankers, lawyers and other service providers who are super broad in their perspective.
Equally important, I work with lots of different venture capital firms and partners. I’m fortunate to work in a very data rich environment.
My Career Path
Since graduating from Wheaton College in 1988, I’ve been involved in entrepreneurial finance. The theme to my career is loaning money to entrepreneurs who on the surface didn’t look like they could pay it back.
Right out of college I started worked in international micro lending and urban development lending. Then I took the plunge into Venture Debt. Since 1997 I’ve had the privilege of working with the same core group of people. We’ve moved firms a few times and experienced the peaks and valleys of the venture capital cycle together. It’s been a great ride.
Along the way I picked up my MBA at Kellogg/Northwestern, majoring in Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Non-profit Management. I also sat for and received the Chartered Financial Analyst charter.