Prior to my Wall Street career, I created a pioneering e-commerce platform at a Fortune 50 company; was a strategic planning manager in Japan; and co-founded an award-winning global consumer electronics start-up. 

I have degrees from New York University (BA, Psych), Boston University (MBA) and studied music at the New England Conservatory.

I am a writer, musician and not frequent-enough traveler. I am a thirsty listener & observer. If I have a super power, it is being able to see the heart of the matter.

Several relatives played significant roles during dramatic turning points in the histories of the United States and Germany.  I am a direct descendant of Israel Bissell, who has been credited with performing the real midnight ride in 1775 (while Paul Revere slept in a tavern) that warned American colonists of the British invasion.  Another relative, Daniel Bissell, was the second U.S. soldier awarded the Badge of Military Merit (for unusual courage) by General George Washington. 

My grandfather, Maximilian von der Schulenurg was a decorated pilot and, as a master of aerial reconnaissance, was instrumental in targeting Hitler’s “Wolf’s Lair.”  Uncle Fritz-Dietlof preferred the title “Scoundrel” over “Count” when addressed by Hitler’s henchmen.  Uncle Friedrich Werner was Ambassador to the Soviet Union tried to prevent Germany’s surprise invasion of Russia. They were all executed for their roles in “Operation Valkyrie”, the July 20, 1944 assassination plot against Adolf Hitler.  

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my family and an adorable Norwich Terrier, Rosie (“The Golden Nugget”).  

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