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It's hard to believe that I've spent 25 years with emerging growth companies, especially the past 10 years in the New York City venture capital community.

I founded Tipping Point Partners in 2005 to bring my experience as an entrepreneur and investor to helping other entrepreneurs find and realize their next big idea. We especially like companies that have figured out that data captures and empowers the connection between people and the stuff they are passionate about. Tipping Point Partners works for startup companies and new divisions of established companies, generally as hands-on management and board members and occasionally as investor.

In 2008, I helped start Cookstr.com, where I serve in the lead finance and operations role, in addition to my responsibilities at the Tipping Point companies.

I worked on about $1.5 billion in private investment and M&A transactions, including enterprise software, grid computing, interactive television, power generation, biotech, real estate private equity, and legal services. I admit to being addict to the speed/punishment of the startup life, I was a founder or manager in eight start-ups, including e-commerce, television, online music and real estate and spent six years in government. I started my career in architecture, ending with the architect I.M. Pei. One of my favorite jobs was waiting tables in college.

I volunteer as an advisor to the Catherine B. Reynolds Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship at New York University, served on the Board and Executive Committee of the Brooklyn Public Library Foundation and spent 8 years on the Board of Safe Horizon. I also interview undergraduate applicants to Yale University.

I received my MBA from New York University and my BA from Yale in women’s studies with an art history concentration. I'm a licensed securities broker, securities principal and financial operations principal. I live in Brooklyn with my wife, Allison Thrush, a private equity professional, and my two fun-loving boys. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

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