I love to roll up my sleeves and work closely with founders to shape their companies into the very best companies they can be.
What is the first company you invested in? Do you have any anecdotes from when you first began working together?
SmartRent, a smart home automation platform, was one of my first investments. The company had been in business all of nine months when we went to visit the team in Arizona. Their office doubled as a warehouse: smart locks, leak sensors, and smart thermostats were piled from floor to ceiling in every room. SmartRent had become one of the country’s largest importers of smart home devices in less than a year. That’s when we knew they had product-market fit! We saw the potential to build a compelling software platform on top of SmartRent’s broad distribution of smart devices. It was a contrarian bet to invest in a company with mostly hardware revenue that aspired to become a software company, but they are well on their way to doing that now as a leader in their market.