Interview by Howie Rhee '04, with contributions by Vivian Chung, Lee Barnes and Michelle Zhu. Added March 15, 2015
I held various executive level Technology positions at Apple, JP Morgan and Accenture. I live in New York City, the Big Apple.
What did you focus on at Fuqua? What were your main activities and areas of study?
I was in the Global Executive MBA Program (GEMBA). I was particularly interested in entrepreneurship and innovations – including valuation, startup capitalization, innovation pipeline, organizational behavior, etc.
What did you do immediately after Fuqua?
I’ve held CTO roles at various startups after Fuqua, including the Chief Technology Officer of Shutterstock. Shutterstock is a global two-sided marketplace. Businesses of all sizes come to Shutterstock for high quality photos, illustrations and videos to use in their marketing communications, websites, publications, presentations, etc. Shutterstock went IPO in 2012 with nearly $3B market cap and now 500 employees. As an executive officer of the company, I oversee the Technology innovation and product development activities with 160 technologists across NY/SFO/Denver/Berlin locations.
Any key pieces of advice to pass on to Fuqua students?
If you are interested in either starting a company or joining a startup organization, New York should be a consideration. Over the past few years, New York has transitioned from primary financial services and media HQs to now a tech eco-system across multiple industry segments. There are over 5,000 startups, 150 investment firms and thousands of new startup jobs in New York. Silicon Alley is clearly closing in to Silicon Valley in both size and breadth. There are meet-ups almost every night of the week from software development to fund rising speed dating – a very exciting eco-system.
Favorite memory of Fuqua?
Having Doug Breeden as our dean. Consuming soda and snacks all night long during team meetings at the Thomas Center. Golfing at the Washington Duke Inn Golf Club.