a bit about me
a quick asynchronous hello 🌊
on this page you'll get to
- meet me through my values
- see an overview of my story
- check in on what i'm currently focused on
my core values
- i constantly hold myself and others, who so chose, to strive towards being the exception.
- high standards are teachable, domain specific, and require realistic expectations.
- the ironic thing is low standards are just as contagious, but to maintain high standards requires more active mindset.
more in the 2018 letter to amazon shareholders →
- having a twin biases me to shared space, constantly pushing me to seek meaningful relationships.
- i also think the myth of the lone genius needs to be rewritten. everything worth doing requires a team.
- im curious what high performance looks like as a multiplayer game across all areas of life.
it starts as a single player game →
- i'm curious with how to create more with less. i do not let immediate resoures limit what's possible.
- everything i've done so far going 0 to 1 has had more reasons not to exist than to exist.
- with an ownership mindset, i dedicate myself to the commitments i make.
the case for seriousness when building →
overview of my story
- i was born with a twin sister. raised in a new england suburb, i wondered is this it? after one trip studying abroad, i had ignited a strong desire to explore what's possible in the world.
- both of my parents were software engineers who met at d.e.c., one of the first major vc funded startups in the u.s. that has led me to first ask, do i want to be an engineer or in design?
- hint: the answer is neither, as i'm too much of a generalist. i see everything as a series of projects. so each chapter will highlight a major project and show some kind of progression.
architecture school @ cornell
- i chose architecture to explore problem solving in systems, and chose the campus to explore other areas of study. within 1 year, it felt like home being among curious, creative, and ambitious people, but i had a problem: i knew i didn't want to be an architect.
- inspired by opportunities around, i explored design research, sustainable design build, material science, and ultimately got the startup bug early, building different products out of the design studio with friends.
- i was most proud of launching and managing cornell's summer incubator, as it taught me a lot about going 0 to 1 as well as community. ironically, i didn't think starting a global high school bootcamp would follow me, but a twist of fate brings this back later.
design engineering @ harvard
- if you initially told me i would be back in grad school, i would laugh as i had a burning desire to build in the real world. a unique series of programs opened up to use university ecosystems as sandboxes, and so i only applied to harvard because it was a free pass to prototype and learn across all schools.
- my m.o. as a masters student was learn everything i didn't know i didn't know. the death of generalist is lack of focus, so i chose "food systems" as an informal lens for every single project, exploring agriculture metrics in central india, sustainable wild catch sourcing in new england, microbiome therapeutic research and digital healthcare. every 4 months, i had runway to decide to drop out or keep building.
first real failed startup @ culinary ai labs
- from my masters thesis in digital healthcare helping new moms, i got really curious about personalized nutrition. i lost a bet with my co-founder that said we couldn't build creative algorithms in the kitchen. from the first success, we started collaborating to build interesting culinary algorithms.
- getting people to eat things they didn't like, mostly whole foods and plants, in hospitality as well as understanding where health outcomes were tied to diet, we built across early childhood nutrition to help parents and exploring ways to help cancer patients get through chemo.
- 2 years, 8 algorithmic models, and 500+ paying customers, we decided to close the company because of visa restrictions as well as personal priorities shifting for long term time horizons.
tks director in boston, and then global virtual
- overall, this is the program i wish i had as a teen ager. i met the founders through their recruiting efforts to launch in boston. at first, i was skeptical that anything meaningful could be done at the high school level. after hearing their vision for the future, the program they had built, and meeting the kids (especially this), i was hooked.
- i launched the first boston cohort solo in 2019, scaled it 2x for 2020, and launched our global virtual program simultaneously. the pandemic didn't affect the operations much as we were a remote team first and had great infrastructure for async and sync support for the kids.
- my final year, i helped set the foundation for activate, the second year program, and am most proud of this as there is no place for ambitious young people to figure out how to build the impact they want to see across hard problems.
up next - practice.
- i move between being a founder and a coach and am excited to be at the intersection with practice, a startup providing the best coaching support for mission driven founders
- tks is what i wish i had 10 years ago, and practice is what i want to see in the next 10 years get built.