Paul joins Northzone from mobile games company Dots, behind successes Dots and TwoDots, where he was Co-Founder & CEO. The New York company is a spin-out of the startup studio Betaworks, where Paul was a Partner. Here, he was involved in investing in and scaling early stage companies, including Blend.io (acquired by Roli), Poncho, and Giphy.
“At Betaworks, we spent our time working on half a dozen early-stage companies in parallel, figuring out product market fit and scaling them. It was a really intense time, and we had some great successes. Take Dots; we built that from nothing to become one of the challenger studios. For me, this was the best experience in creating value through strong networks, which is the approach I take to investing.”
Paul has also been an active seed and angel investor in the New York and West Coast ecosystems, with a dozen investments across consumer and B2B SaaS. Prior to Betaworks, he was COO at Aviary, where he helped the mobile image editor pivot from a B2C to B2B company, growing it to 20m users and steering it through an acquisition by Adobe. The first decade of his career was spent at Microsoft on the US west coast, in the UK, and India.
“I got my schooling in the enterprise sector. I started at Microsoft in roles within the engineering and business development, and then became Chief of Staff at the Office of the President focusing in on the Office suite of applications. Here I worked on projects including Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype.”
Paul has a BS in Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech, and an MBA from the IE Business School in Spain, where he is an adjunct Professor.
Like many other Northzoners, when he’s not working, Paul is an avid board sports fan, both on water and snow.