We work towards identifying disruptive technology companies with a focus on analog to digital transformations. We believe this disruption can come from both the re-imagining or incremental improvement of current solutions, and if executed properly can displace and change entire industries. It starts with the realization that the current 'good enough' solution could be so much better.
Because small changes to calcified industries can have a dramatic impact and create significant value, but these potential solutions don't get the attention they deserve. It is easier to focus on radical innovation or the impact a technological breakthrough can have on the world, than it is to look at and re-imagine the status quo solution.
In many cases, all it takes is a different perspective to create or implement a better solution. These perspectives can come from anywhere and we believe there is no 'right' education or 'right' experience as long as a founder has grit, passion, and scrappiness. In fact, there is an advantage in having an atypical background or non-linear path as it allows for a more unique, un-biased and creative way of thinking. This type of thinking is what forms the basis of these outside perspectives which are needed to re-imagine and disrupt the world as we know it.
Austin McChord is the founder and former CEO of Datto, an innovative provider of comprehensive backup, recovery, and business continuity solutions. Austin founded Datto as a college student in his parent’s basement, growing it to become Connecticut’s first “unicorn”, and led as it’s CEO through it’s acquisition acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2017.
A graduate, trustee, and 2017 commencement speaker of the Rochester Institute of Technology, McChord is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions. He was named Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 list in 2015, was named Ernst & Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year in 2016, and earned recognition as one of the nation's top 50 philanthropists in 2017 by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. McChord holds several patents and has been a featured keynote speaker at technology conferences including Collision, Techonomy, and more.
Teddy Seem spent the first few years after college at Bridgewater Associates where he started as a forward deployed engineer working on the proprietary internal research platform. He then transitioned to an investment engineering role working on building the quantitative research models for the Foreign Exchange research team. After Bridgewater, he pursued his interest in machine learning and led the machine learning initiatives at a NYC start-up called Resonance Companies where he focused on building ML models which could interpret, convert and re-process 2-dimensional images.
Teddy holds a B.A. in computer science from Amherst College where he was a member of the varsity lacrosse team, a member of the Glee Club and led the CS Club. He also holds an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.
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