About

I am based in Palo Alto and am working on the following:

  • Mobile Technology: I focus on mobile product (iOS and Android), product marketing, and product distribution for Swell, built by Concept.io. I’m also a formal consultant to a variety of venture capital firms on Sand Hill Road assisting with deal evaluation, due diligence, marketing, and special operations — those firms have included General Catalyst, Kleiner Perkins, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Trinity Ventures, Javelin Venture Partners, Bullpen Capital, GGV Capital, and a few others.
  • Investing: I am currently an investor (via Haystack Fund) in the following companies in Haystack I: Hired, Paddle8, Instacart, Hashicorp, ExitRound, HelloSign, Gyft, Vnera, Burner, Coin, DoorDash, Sidebar, Bond, Envoy, Refresh, Vaurum Labs, Highlight, Mortar Data, Gliph, Grid Wireless, Navdy**, 3Gear Systems, Weaved, Velo Labs, Airenvy, Altspace, Golden Gate Games, LAST, BlockScore, Sigmod Labs, Cambly, Mighty, Emissary, Addy**, Narvar, Dextro, and Giphy. Haystack I is now in the books. (** denotes AngelList syndicated) Stay tuned, Haystack II is on the way.
  • Public Speaking: I am happy to consider speaking or moderating at events, though I will not participate in large events that require paid registration. My personal preference is to speak at events that are small and private (and focused on a specific topic), at events where there is only one panel on a specific topic, or moderating conversations over smaller dinners.
  • Media: Previously, I was an official contributor to TechCrunch from January 2011 to April 2014, where I wrote a weekly column every Sunday at 10am PST and created and hosted TV show called “In The Studio,” which ended after 70 consecutive episodes. Today, I write on Haywire and currently produce interviews as  “Sunday Conversations,” which air occasionally.
  • Reading List: For RSS trigger list (powered by IFTTT) of the bloggers I read religiously, click here.
  • Previous lives: I’ve worked at two companies in operations in the Valley, Rexly (acquired by Live Nation) and Votizen (acquired by Causes), been a consultant to IFTTT on mobile and platform, and was an EIR at a venture capital firm for six months with Javelin Venture Partners in San Francisco. Before moving to the Valley in 2010, I helped start a life sciences company (Megacell)  in Boston, wrote for Harvard Business Review and Knowledge@Wharton, worked for Harvard in a variety of capacities (including in India) while attending graduate school, worked in the finance field on the nonprofit side in Oakland (2002-2006), worked for the Manhattan DA, and spent one year as a professional cook and another as a professional bartender.
  • Twitter: @semil | LinkedIn | @Medium, for personal writing
  • Email: first.last@gmail, emails over 1,000 characters in length will not be returned.
  • Privacy Policy: Haywire does not share email addresses of subscribers with anyone.

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