Describe an innovative moment in your career trajectory.
When I entered business school (a zillion years ago), I promised myself I wouldn't wear a suit until graduation. I made minor exceptions for weddings and funerals, but I never once went to an interview in a tie. This rigid dress code forced me to stay true to entrepreneurship and venture capital and away from the more established paths of investment banking and consulting. Best professional “innovation” of my life.
What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you early in your career?
Career differentiating moments almost always occur outside the office. Make the most of these opportunities. Stay for that extra drink with your boss. Invite your customer to dinner the night before the meeting. Have your colleagues and their significant others over for brunch on a random Sunday. People tend to let their guard down a little and you’ll learn things that would never be revealed in a normal professional setting.
What is your favorite thing about working with Tulane student entrepreneurs?
I have never seen anything comparable to the energy and optimism of Tulane students. Nothing is impossible or too hard. No status quo is too entrenched.