Let me state right up front…even in this environment…I am a very optimistic venture capitalist. I am a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm in Boston, where my principle focus now is on the application of “Big Data” platforms across a number of industry verticals. I remain excited about the convergence of information and healthcare technologies given the extraordinary challenges in medicine. I also am quite intrigued by robotics and human-computer interfaces.
I have the privilege to work with some of the most creative, brilliant, and passionate entrepreneurs who want to change the world.
I have led investments in nearly a dozen investments since founding the firm in 2001. I currently sit on the boards of BlueTarp Financial, MicroCHIPS, PolyRemedy, Predictive Biosciences, SpringLeaf Therapeutics, T2 Biosystems, TARIS Biomedical and VidSys, as well as a very cool seed investment going after “Big Data” healthcare analytics.
I have been in the investment field since the mid-1980′s when I graduated from college thinking I was going to be a doctor (long story). Some of the other firms I worked for are Polaris Venture Partners, GCC Investments, Wasserstein Perella & Co., and Morgan Stanley & Co.
I received a BA with honors in Chemistry from Williams College (a great school that I am still actively involved with) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Until recently I was the Chairman of the New England Venture Capital Association where I also served as President from 2005 to 2008. I also serve on the executive committe of the board of the National Venture Capital Association. Additionally, I sit on the investment committee of the Partners Innovation Fund, on the Executive Business Advisory Council for Mass General Hospital for Children, and am a trustee and on the investment committee of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
I was recently appointed by Governor Patrick to chair the Entrepreneurship Committee of the Massachusetts Information Technology Collaborative with the objective of identifying solutions for the State to manage through the current economic crisis (out of which came the “12×12″ initiative – see my April 2010 posts). I was also selected to be a Venture Capital Consultant for the Defense Venture Catalyst Initiative (DeVenCI), an initiative for the Department of Defense.
While I consider myself a New Yorker, I grew up in Hong Kong. I currently live in Boston with my wife and two children and am an avid runner, having “successfully” completed five marathons in the past few years. While at Williams, though, I had a remarkably undistinguished career as a four-year varsity lacrosse player.