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“The Facts ain’t the Truth” – Michael Tubbs, future mayor and close friend, in a speech in California. 

The Truth

I believe that peace is possible.  I’m optimistic on the potential and power of entrepreneurship to change the plight of those most in need.  I find a thrill and deep satisfaction in helping spot, nurture, and grow the next generation of great ideas and business that better the way we live life.  I believe that capitalism can be a transformational means of social change, if done the right way.  However, I also believe there are multiple problems that can’t be solved through business and must be solved through law and policy: our criminal justice system, our affordable housing crisis, and countless others.  I’m grateful for my family, some of whom have sacrificed their potential so I could realize mine.  It’s something I will never forget.  I’m a diehard Stanford football fan and prefer quantity over quality when it comes to food =)

And my personal mantra is a quote by Mattie JT Stepanek, international peacemaker:

“What matters in life is courage and commitment, not might or wealth.”  

The Facts

From the New Enterprise Associates website:

Sheel joined NEA in 2012 and is a Principal & Co-Head of the Seed Practice.  He focuses on consumer technology & education in the US and emerging markets.  Sheel holds board seats or observer roles with Andela (independent), LearnUp, and Robinhood. Prior to NEA, Sheel was at Bessemer Venture Partners where he sourced & co-led BVP’s 2011 investment in Snapdeal, now India’s largest e-commerce marketplace.  As an angel investor, Sheel has invested in the seed and/or Series A of Andela, Casper, Fiscalnote, Mark43, and Robinhood.  He was previously on the business development team of Skybox Imaging, which was acquired by Google in 2014 for $500 million.

Sheel graduated from Stanford University in three years, at the age of 19.  He frequently speaks on job creation, economic mobility, and innovation policy globally, most recently in Sri Lanka, Georgia, Turkey, Vietnam, and Mexico.  He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and was on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for finance in 2013. In 2016, upon invitation of the White House, Sheel was part of the US delegation with President Obama on his historic visit to Cuba.

Sheel is active as a board director of the following nonprofits: Changing Perceptions (aimed at reducing recidivism from those returning from incarceration), We Are Family Foundation (formed in the wake of 9/11 by Nile Rodgers to create a more tolerant global citizenry), and the Business Center for New Americans (helping immigrants and refugees achieve self-sufficiency through microloans).

Written by sheeltyle

June 13, 2011 at 7:08 am

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