So who am I? Well hell, if I could answer that question, all my problems would be solved. Let’s see, I went to UF where I got my master’s degree in Sport Psych. I wish I could tell you it was a good education, but I can’t remember my first 2 years there – too much partying! I moved to CO right after I finished college and I’ve been here ever since. I met my husband and love of my life in Washington on a 30 day NOLS wilderness course, and now we both share a deep love of the backcountry. When you fall in love with someone that hasn’t seen a bar of soap in 30 days, you know you must be on to something! We’re joined by our two lovely children who remind me to belly laugh and be silly every single day.
On the flip side of that, I started a company with my pops when I was still in college and it hooked me on the entrepreneurial bug. I mistakenly believed I knew everything there was to know about starting a company, so my 2 successive attempts were complete flops. It was there I learned the need for mentorship, so I stalked a local CO incubator to give me a job and teach me the ropes. I’ve been heavily involved in the tech scene in Boulder, Colorado ever since (over 10 years now). I’m currently a Managing Director at TechStars, a fabulous tech accelerator, and one of the most fun gigs I’ve had in a long time. I haven’t worked a day since I started. I try to get out into the community whenever possible, including being on panels for Big Boulder Conf, Plug & Play’s CloudScale, GMIC SV, SXSW, Silicon Flatirons, and many many more. I’m on the advisory board for Kangu.org, the University of Colorado’s Venture Fund, and work closely with the good people at NCWIT. I’m on the board of OrderStorm, the Entrepreneur’s Foundation of Colorado and the Application Developer’s Alliance. I was recognized by Marie Claire as a successful woman in tech, and I’ve even had the pleasure of speaking to middle school kids about their pitches and working with our country’s vets on their startups.
I’m Greek and adore all things that are, I love movies but hate TV, I want to fire heavy artillery, blow something up, be in a play, build an off-the-grid cabin in the mountains, and do something every year that scares the shit out of me. I love people but hate crowds (except for the hilarity that is the Boulder Denver New Tech Meetup, or any Widespread Panic Show). I prefer email to the phone, I just suck at returning calls. And no one would call me shy, but I dislike small talk and am extremely uncomfortable in networking settings. I have wanderlust and love to travel.
It all comes down to one thing for me. I’ve been incredibly blessed with love and opportunity in my life – and my goal is to give back 10 fold what I’ve been given.