Nurturing Innovators Who Are Tackling the World's Most Pressing Issues
I currently seed and incubate new technology ventures as a Blackstone Launchpad Entrepreneur in Residence (Director role) and as a Lecturer at UCSC and for the NSF Innovation Corps. I work with teams that see entrepreneurship as a powerful tool to solve the world's most pressing problems, and focus on digital, AI and science-based innovations tackling social, health, finance, and environmental issues.
The Blackstone Launchpad powered by Techstars created an extensive partnership with the University of California's Office of the President, and so I participate in the UC system-wide activities aimed at spearheading innovation & entrepreneurship throughout the UC system.
As a Lecturer at UCSC, I teach entrepreneurship and design thinking, and "Hacking for Oceans", a course launched with Steve Blank, as part of the "Hacking for" course series launched at Stanford, Columbia, and UC Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and San Diego, revolving around specific areas of research and academic excellence in each campus.
I also teach entrepreneurship to scientists and engineers through Innovation Corps, the U.S. National Science Foundation's program aimed at bringing more 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.