My life changed in an instant when my wife, Mia, received a near-fatal diagnosis of leukemia. I went from managing a portfolio of tech startup investments to scheduling our five-year-old son’s playdates and carpools. But most of all, the bulk of those two and a half years was spent in the hospital at Mia’s side as she received treatment. Amidst the stress and despair of waiting for the treatment to ultimately work, we discovered that our family’s crisis brought out the best in those around us.
HumanKind is a celebration of those moments, where a small act of kindness transforms a life, as experienced both by our family and others. In its pages you’ll meet the mentor who changed a child’s life with a single conversation; the six-year-old who launched a global kindness movement; the moms who donated their vacation days so I could spend more time with my wife; and more. These uplifting stories remind us of our own good fortune and the amazing world in which we live.
I’m a husband, dad, son, entrepreneur, angel investor, mentor, volunteer. My entrepreneurial adventures started in high school, continued in college and led to founding a tech company and selling it twice (yay!).
Now I invest in startups and volunteer with youth nonprofits. I’m Board President of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region and Hopeworks ‘N Camden – both nonprofits are leaders in providing opportunities for youth.
I also teach entrepreneurship to young people. Everyone in my class starts their own business, which has led to many adventures in entrepreneurship . . . just ask me about the time I barely escaped my class selling explicit t-shirts in the Philadelphia Health and Human Services office.Learn more about me