I'm an Advisor to Early Stage Investors, Startups & Scaleups

 

I have cross border investing experience and work with early stage portfolio companies, as well as source and evaluate new opportunities for investors as the manager of a family office fund, Topaz Ventures LLC.

My involvement ranges from developing investment theses to representing legal interests to crafting content strategy and directing proof of concept projects and recruiting talent to developing relationships with partners in an array of industries.

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JUDGING VENTURES IN GLOBAL ACCELERATOR PROGRAMS

I also mentor and judge business pitches of entrepreneurs and startups in a variety of international accelerator programs and founder communities.

I've led early growth, product strategy, community building and operations at a ground breaking multiplatform social utility.

I bring extensive global media and content experience from New York City, Hollywood, and three nations.

 

I'm a Global Technology & Digital Media Executive

 

STARTUP PRODUCT CREATIVE DIRECTOR, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Leading early growth, product strategy, community building and operations at a  publishing platform in San Francisco, I developed the product from high-level creative direction all the way to intensive face-to-face user testing and back again through input on UX decisions to quality assurance.

I've led an independent two-year brand publishing proof-of-concept on that new multimedia publishing platform.

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NEW YORK & HOLLYWOOD JOURNALISM, PUBLISHING, ENTERTAINMENT

As business editor at a pioneer Silicon Alley trade magazine for Internet technology and ebusiness, I specialized in digital publishing, website usability, privacy issues, online marketing, customer relationship management, and breaking industry news.

I've moderated ebusiness panels at Chicago-NYC-LA conventions, and represented the publication at events organized by Wall Street and Internet industry analysts. I brought talent to the company including cover subjects and fellow media pros.

In Los Angeles I worked at a major motion picture studio, and for producers of music, tv and Broadway theatre.

 

I'm a Culture, Content & Community Strategist

 

Today, ‘global’ means connecting dots that have never been connected before.

From a countercultural upbringing in Berkeley, California to 14 years abroad in Rome, Kuala Lumpur, and Istanbul, I've developed a knack for connecting to people through culture and online content.

AT HOME WITH CREATORS

My track record of building community with entrepreneurs and creators stretches from my days at a New York City literary agency where I handled a stable of prominent authors, to ideating, sourcing, editing and producing Tales from the Expat Harem, a celebrated travel anthology of expatriate women in Turkey.

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The book was recommended by New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Elif Shafak, Tim Severin, Rick Steves, International Herald Tribune, Globe & Mail, Daily Telegraph & the NBC Today Show.

GLOBAL MENTOR, ADVISOR, PRODUCER

expat+HAREM, my group blog for global citizens, grew a conversation with cultural creatives around the world (175 discussions, 2800 comments).

I turned theory into practice with GlobalNiche, a multimedia curriculum for anyone to mastermind the work of your life using online community as an incubator for your goals. More than 5,000 students worldwide have learned in the course.

I've served on advisory boards, keynoted, and produced cultural events for international professional communities.

 

I'm a Visionary who executes

Peep at the proofs of concept for content owners & media brands I directed on a new global digital publishing platform

  • pioneered & established a series of native publications in a new social publishing format
  • created a model for powerful profiles, growth, branding & storytelling
  • provided a pro guide for bloggers & businesses
  • positioned an agency producing media stories for brands