After 3 great years at Morgan Stanley in IT, I’m happy to announce that I’ve joined Work-Bench as its new Venture Director.
In my role at Morgan Stanley as a member of the Technology Business Development team in IT, a large part of my daily responsibilities involved partnering with internal technology clients to facilitate the selection and on-boarding of emerging technology vendors. In that capacity, I’ve remained on top of trends in the enterprise IT market and evaluated new offerings from startups in areas including Big Data, mobile, social, business intelligence, security, and consumerization of IT.
Working with startups at Morgan Stanley led me to start the NY Enterprise Technology Meetup in January 2012. Since inception, the mission of the meetup has been to foster innovation in the NY enterprise technology ecosystem by promoting early stage technology companies, supporting entrepreneurs, educating companies on working with an enterprise, and creating an environment where entrepreneurs, investors, and businesses can network and learn from one another. From launching and running the NYETM over the past year and a half, I’ve witnessed first-hand the excitement and innovation surrounding enterprise tech in NYC, a city teeming with large corporations needing solutions to modern technology problems. After all, NYC boasts the largest Fortune 500 presence in a single city, with 45 of the nation’s top companies headquartered in Manhattan. By comparison, San Francisco has 8.
What drew me to Work-Bench is the similarity in our missions. Work-Bench champions enterprise technology through a cooperative workspace, enterprise education, and a bridge program connecting exceptional startups to customers, partners, and investors. Something like this has never been done before, and the opportunity to play a role in shaping the future of interactions between startups and enterprises is extremely exciting. Specifically, to do so in NYC, where the NYETM has already demonstrated some initial momentum for the cause, is a terrific opportunity.
There is a growing pool of talent and capital dedicated to enterprise technology in and around New York, but there’s currently too much friction between startups and enterprises for us to fully leverage the benefits of our growing ecosystem. The current magnitude and velocity of developments made in corporate IT departments, paired with the relative inexperience of a large enterprise in partnering with startups, makes it difficult for large enterprises to efficiently meet their own IT needs. Work-Bench’s mission is to connect builders and buyers of enterprise technology and bridge this gap, and we’re seeking corporate partners to help make a meaningful impact.
In my role as Venture Director, I’ll be making early stage investments in enterprise tech startups which have a finished product and some initial traction. So if you’re an enterprise startup looking for funding, a Fortune 500 company looking to be a partner, or if you have domain expertise you’d like to lend to Work-Bench, please be in touch via the form below.
Yours in collaboration,