Serial entrepreneur and tech advisor with a record of strategic leadership across digitally native consumer-focused businesses with inventive, paradigm-shifting platforms. Deep experience leading, advising, and investing in consumer and “techsumer” companies. Extremely well connected in the entrepreneur community. Fluent in five languages.
Disruption & Innovation: Integrally involved in the launch of eight consumer tech startups (including Gilt, the revolutionary flash sale pioneer) at the leading edge of ecommerce, the on-demand economy, and artificial intelligence/machine learning. Launched digital platforms that transformed how the bio pharmaceutical company Allergan marketed its renowned medical aesthetics portfolio directly to consumers.
Leadership & Investment: Angel investor in 10 startups. Currently building a $100M private equity fund targeting consumer businesses at or nearing profitability. Led GLAMSQUAD, the market leading innovator in connected beauty, and raised $24M in venture funding. Co-founded two fashion industry startups with successful exits.
Corporate Governance: Extensive experience on the boards of public and private companies and more than 50 advisory boards, nonprofit boards and industry groups. Current Board Director at KDC/One, with prior board service at Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq: PERY), Corelle Brands, and Talalay Global.
Thought Leadership: Author, speaker, and mentor who has delivered keynotes at dozens of global industry events. Frequent contributor on topics of entrepreneurship, leadership and building high performing teams. Co-author of a New York Times bestselling book on the launch and meteoric growth of Gilt.
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