I was born in Houston, TX and when I was 11, my family picked up and moved to New Delhi, India for 5 years where I attended the American Embassy School. I returned to Houston and finished up high school at St. John’s School followed by my undergrad in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering at Rice University. Yes, very technical background, but I also took drawing classes and a year of introductory Art History and was the photo editor of the Rice Thresher for a little while.
Family is a big part of my life. My wife and I spend a lot of our time raising two beautiful girls and our son. We live next door to my Mom and Dad in a sort-of extended family setup. And I have three sisters and two brother-in-laws — all of whom are brilliant and accomplished and inspire me to want to do great things.
Someone I knew at Rice always had the tagline “aprendiz de todo, maestro de nada” in his emails– this applies to me. I’m passionate and interested in a lot of different things including photography (though recent work has been limited to, well, my children), India (I love traveling there — see pics from a past trip to Sikkim), running, art, and Montessori education (I’m on the board of my children’s Montessori School here in Houston, the Post Oak School).
I’m also an investor in an early-stage companies and a few venture capital funds (which invest in… early-stage companies). As of October 2014, I’ve invested directly in about
25 50 start-ups. They’re almost all technology companies and mostly not in Houston, though a few are (CloudCalc, Fannin Partners, Surge Accelerator). Some start-ups investment came from attending Y Combinator’s demo days and others through AngelList and others through friends. Some of my angel investments are cataloged on AngelList.
Fun story: I like to try products before I invest — this is how I get a feel for the makers behind a company — and this lead me to driving my Tesla for Lyft when they first launched in Houston (through one fund I’m an investor, I’m a small investor in Uber).
Updated: June 2015