In times of uncertainty I lean on a quote by Nassim Taleb: ‘Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire.... You want to be the fire and wish for the wind.’
I am a classic middle child, sandwiched between two tall brothers. From the beginning, I was relentlessly trying to compete and win. Before every soccer game I played, starting from kinder kicks, my dad would ask me the same question. “Did you remember to pack your smile?” I’d roll my eyes and grumble “yes, dad,” not really understanding why it mattered.
By the time I was playing soccer for Penn, my dad would still diligently call before every game to ask that question, with one addition, “And did you pack a spare for a teammate?” By then, I had realized it was my dad’s way of reminding me that I could relish the hardest moments while being intensely focused, that it wasn’t either/or. And that I needed to share that energy with my teammates when times were tough. This is the energy I hope to bring to founders, too.
At Penn, I studied statistics and behavioral economics. I loved the data-driven mindset that statistics brought me, but wanted to pair it with the psychology of how people actually respond to the data. Through my studies of data and people, I quickly realized that what I really loved was thinking about what makes good businesses. And more importantly, what can we do to help make those businesses better? I joined Bain Capital after school to spend time learning how to build great companies. While I learned so much about late stage optimization, I realized that I was continuously drawn to the challenges of growth.
On the lookout for
I get energy from interacting with people who are contagiously passionate about what they do. I’m looking for people who dream big and are risking everything to make their vision a reality. We are the product of the people we surround ourselves with. I’m hoping to surround myself with people who challenge me, teach me and inspire me every day to become the next better version of myself. This is what drew me to Sequoia and why I am so lucky to be here.
I’m particularly interested in health care and how we use technology to make healthcare more accessible, more affordable and more effective. BTW, if you’re using AI or machine learning—the modern application of statistics—to solve a challenging problem, I’d love to meet you.Get in touch with Romie