Managing Director of Hardware and AlphaLab Gear
Hometown: I grew up Quakertown, PA north of Philadelphia. But I’ve lived in Pittsburgh longer than anywhere else, so I like to say I’m from Pittsburgh.
What makes you the best person for your role?
I have been Founder/CEO of 3 startups and have successfully exited all of them. I have lived the life of an entrepreneur and understand exactly what founders are experiencing. I have successfully shipped thousands of products and have used that experience to help guide startups in developing their own products. Sometimes it’s as simple as referring them to a supplier, other times it’s working side-by-side to troubleshoot a technical issue. I like to roll my sleeves up and work as an extension of their team.
What is your favorite thing about working with startups?
There’s always something new to learn when working with startups because each startup has its own unique challenges and every industry its own nuance. It’s incredibly rewarding to help them work through issues and watch them evolve from an idea to a commercial success.
What do you love about living and working in Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh is the ultimate ‘small city’. There are so many times where I bump into someone I know, whether that be at the stadium, the airport or at a park. It feels like a big neighborhood at times.
Where can we find you outside of work?
Away from work I can usually be found on a trail somewhere or in my workshop.