I was CEO & Co-founder of Assist which merged with Conversocial and was acquired for $50 million by Verint ($VRNT). We spent 9 years at Assist building a business messaging & AI platform with partners like Amazon, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Twitter. Our technology powers Fortune 500 companies like T-Mobile, Fandango, 1-800-Flowers, Sephora, Best Buy, MGM hotels, and many more.
Between building Gist & Assist, I moved to San Francisco to build and lead product at Zaarly, a local marketplace for home services. This was the biggest failure of my career. We blew over $40 million in venture funding, mostly driven by our own egos and lack of self-awareness. Looking back, this failure would change everything for how I thought about building companies in the future. Sometimes the darkest times are the ones that create the change needed in all of us. I was lucky to have great mentors and close friends to help me through it.
I like spending time with people who are in the arena. If you're struggling, need help, or just wanna talk about some crazy ideas, please reach out and say hello. It's hard doing your own thing. I'm so thankful for all those who have helped me along the way.
These days, I just assume I don't know much and try to ask better questions.
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