Nurturing Innovators and Companies Tackling the World's Most Pressing Issues
Currently, I serve as Entrepreneur in Residence and Director of the Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars and as Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz and for the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corps.
Through the Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars, my team and I seed and help develop next-generation companies. My focus is on AI, science, and digital startups that are tackling environmental, health, and social issues, and on creating a new kind of ventures by embodying the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, with shared prosperity in mind from day one.
As a Rachel Carson Lecturer at UCSC, I foster inclusive and mission-driven innovation by teaching entrepreneurship and design thinking for sustainability and planetary health, and "Hacking for Oceans", a new course launched as part of the "Hacking for" series hosted at Stanford and at the University of California, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and San Diego, applying the lean startup methodology to real world problems in specific areas of research and academic excellence in each campus. Hacking for Oceans is being opened up to the entire UC system in 2021-22.
I also serve as a member of the UC Office of the President's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative aimed at enabling the UC system to continue creating bold solutions to today’s biggest challenges through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Last but not least, I teach entrepreneurship through Innovation Corps, the U.S. National Science Foundation's program aimed at bringing more scientific research-based innovations to market. My courses and the Innovation Corps program are experiential and project-based, allowing teams to develop early-stage ideas and to launch new ventures from the classroom.