How has your background shaped your perspective on the work you do at the Vision Fund?
I’ve found that it's important to be able to connect with people from all kinds of backgrounds and prior experiences. That comes naturally to me now, because I grew up in a military family and moved around a lot, bouncing between Korea, Texas, California, and Washington. My professional life has been similarly varied. I had the opportunity to work with a bunch of different businesses as a consultant, first at Boston Consulting Group and then in operational roles at Google. These experiences have helped me to appreciate the difficult work that goes into building and scaling successful companies. Through all of this I’ve developed a deep empathy for the founders we work with.
What's the most exciting part of your work?
Helping founders amplify their ambition and vision. If the organization’s leadership can't dream big, it's hard for everyone else in the company to stretch beyond that vision. So we help founders to think really big, to think about how they can build and scale transformative businesses, and then support them in that journey.
How do you view the role of a founder’s vision?
I think it’s important for a founder to have a strong sense of their true north, and know where they ultimately want to take their organization. Companies don't operate in a static environment. Their landscapes and competitive sets are constantly changing, and the best companies are always testing, learning, and responding. Aligning the entire organization behind a common vision keeps everyone focused through such inevitable shifts.
What are your main focus areas right now?
I focus on consumer and real estate technology. It’s exciting, because we are seeing businesses and industries in the midst of significant transformation. Take real estate: we're seeing growing market opportunity in an area that has historically been resistant to change and innovation. Now you have companies that are leveraging data and artificial intelligence to change how assets are financed, constructed, managed, and sold.
Things never go exactly as planned, so be ready for that—be ready to greet the unexpected with a calm spirit and an eye for the hidden opportunity.
What qualities do you look for in founders?
The same ones I look for in myself or my colleagues. This is really about long-term partnerships. That means there will be highs and lows, so you need to approach every interaction with mutual trust, transparency, and integrity. You have to be able to deliver hard news, and you have to be able to receive it, all without damaging that essential working relationship. For me, that comes back to flexibility. Things never go exactly as planned, so be ready for that—be ready to greet the unexpected with a calm spirit and an eye for the hidden opportunity.
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