Creative Mind: entrepreneur. investor. educator. vintner. entertainer.
WHO AM I? ------------- I am a serial entrepreneur, investor, and coach. Over the past 28 years, I have worked with over 90 start-up companies in the capacity of VC, advisor, mentor or Board member. While running Outlook Ventures over a 10 year period, we typically reviewed over 1200 business plans per year, for more than 10 years. As an angel investor in the past 9 years, I have funded and mentored nearly 30 companies in the tech, consumer and retail markets. Aside from my own investments, I have a proven record in teaching others how to handle fund-raising. I taught "New Venture Finance" at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business for 6 years and the same course at U. Cambridge in the UK. Over the years, many of my former students have started companies and received funding. One of the companies that I mentored in strategy, funding and introductions is Table.co itself. So, if you have questions about my ability, please message Table's CEO, Christian Petschen - he'll give you the straight scoop. WHAT'S MY OFFER ON TABLE.CO ? ------------------------------------------- Through Table.co, I will spend quality/focused time with you, mentor you on your overall strategy and on how to best present your company to investors. After our strategy and fund-raising sessions, I will ask you to pitch me. If I like your pitch, I will fund you myself. If I REALLY like your pitch, I will introduce you to others who can form a syndicate and invest alongside me. I know - I am not the *cheapest* option on Table, but I because I am running 3 companies right now and on several boards, my time is very limited ... so I can only take on a few Table.co requests. MORE DETAILED BIO (if you care to read on...) : ------------------------------------------------------- Investor: I have been an angel investor (and often Advisor or Board member) in many personal investments in real estate, software, biotechnology, and retail companies. My most recent endeavors can be seen at: http://www.haykin.net/haykin_mentor_capital.html. In 1996, I co-founded Outlook Ventures - originally as "Interactive Minds". The firm has funded 34 early-stage technology firms since inception. See www.outlookventures.com for portfolio. Entrepreneur: Yahoo - Founding VP Sales & Marketing. Was part of original 1995 team that created Yahoo's business model, hired initial sales & marketing team, and launched the company and service. Was also founding VP Marketing at Overture, and early VP Business Development at Netchannel (bought by AOL). In 2009, I created and launched my own Napa winery, called Entrepreneur Wines (http://entrepreneurwines.com) Mentor: In addition to my coaching and mentoring of entrepeneurs, I am a "Chair" for www.Vistage.com, an international organization that brings together growth stage CEOs for peer advisory groups. The Vistage group that I am running in the Bay Area consists of 12 high-performance CEOs who meet each month to solve issues facing the growth of each of our businesses. Educator: I have taught since 2006 at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and since 2009 at U. Cambridge's Judge Business School on topics of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Finance. I've also taught courses at UIBE (Beijing) and U. Edinburgh (Scotland). Corporate background: IBM (trained as a Marketing Rep), Apple Computer (5 years of sales & marketing management, created global Multimedia Developer Program), and Paramount/Viacom (worked as Business Dev. Director). Philanthropy: in 2011, I co-founded The Gratitude Network (http://gratitudefund.org) to fund & mentor global social entrepreneurs. Gratitude hosts http://intersectionevent.com, which I Executive Produce. I've also been on the non-profit boards of American Cancer Society, Universal Giving, Opportunity International, and Matchbook Learning. Fun: I run a winery called "Entrepreneur Wines" (www.entrepreneurwines.com), I sing in a men's a cappella group called Voices in Harmony. Education: Brown B.A. Organization Behavior & Management, 1985; Harvard MBA 1988.