I’m married to an amazing and inspiring woman and we have 2 fantastic kids and an extremely ugly dog. I live in Santa Monica but spend about 25% of my time in New York.
In 2000, I founded SeamlessWeb (now GrubHub Seamless) with a friend. I served as CEO from inception to 2010. During that time, my team and I built the business into one of the most dominant and valuable marketplaces on the Internet using less than $2.4m of invested capital. And, proudly, we achieved all of our success while creating a working environment where people were part of a high performance, execution-oriented team (rather than merely being employees) that won a variety of awards for being one of the best employers in New York.
I presided over the company through a dividend recapitalization, acquisitions (both as the acquirer and the target) and ran the business as both an independent company and a division of a public one (then participated in the LBO of our parent).
Thanks to my team, I received a variety of honors including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, the Corporate Executive Council’s Innovator of the Year and Crain’s “40 Under 40″. And, the company received accolades including Time magazine’s “50 coolest websites”, Inc. magazines fastest-growing private companies (numerous times), Business Insider’s 100 most valuable Internet companies and a litany of awards for execution excellence.
Through my experiences, I’ve developed competence in sales (enterprise and merchant (field and telesales)), marketing (branding, consumer acquisition, etc.), strategic development/business development/M&A, operations, hiring (and, more importantly, retention) and general management of a high growth, 24x7, immediate response company.
Subsequent to running the company, I have been an EIR at Bessemer Venture Partners and an independent Board member, advisor and /or investor to numerous private companies including ZocDoc (Series A), StartupHealth (Seed), SinglePlatform (Seed), BlueApron (Seed), Betterment (Series A), InvisionApp (Series A) and Klout (Series A).
From a business model perspective, I have a personal interest in marketplaces, subscription commerce and vertical SMB tools. From an industry perspective, I focus on opportunities in healthcare, financial services, law, real estate, fashion/tastemaker, local and experience-centric models like travel and entertainment.
Prior to founding the company, I worked for 6 months as a corporate attorney at the law offices of O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell (now O’Melveny & Myers), a private equity and M&A-focused boutique. I received a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1994 and a JD/MBA in Finance from New York University, where I was designated a Stern Scholar, in 1999.