I am thrilled to be joining Verizon Ventures as a Principal based in New York City. After graduating from Penn, I began my career at Citi in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications investment banking group. At Citi, I advised corporations on a variety of transactions including acquisitions, IPOs and debt financings while gaining significant experience in the entertainment, data analytics and telecommunication industries. After Citi, I worked on the investment team of Capitol Investment Corp., a special purpose acquisition company focused on growth companies, and completed transactions within the eSports and infrastructure industries. Given my previous industry background and passion for entrepreneurship, I knew that joining Verizon Ventures would be the natural next step in my career.
Growing up in San Francisco has given me perspective on the evolving facets of entrepreneurship from witnessing many startups launch, succeed or fail. When it comes to investing and making decisions around which technologies to pursue, I believe next-generation innovations have the best potential to see widespread adoption. As I home in on specific investment focus areas, I will be supporting Verizon's consumer-oriented strategy, partnering with the relevant internal product and business units to further develop our key investment themes.
With Verizon at the forefront of 5G innovation, I am most excited by the new experiences, applications and services that will be enabled by the development of 5G. Helping companies grow by providing access to Verizon’s broad resources and ecosystem is very exciting as I believe 5G technology can revolutionize the lives of people around the world while launching new industries and products, unlike anything that exists today. In addition, with 5G still in its early days, I'm looking forward to seeing first-hand the meaningful impact it will have on the world as the rollout moves forward.
I am inspired by the opportunity to develop my venture investing experience while learning about innovative technologies and partnering with entrepreneurs building impactful businesses. In addition, I look forward to the mentorship offered by the many experienced investors on the Verizon Ventures team. Lastly, I'm excited to join the broader ventures community and continue developing my network both externally and internally.
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