About Nicole

Hi! I’m a VC investing in frontier technology at the seed stage.

I landed in venture at Compound after an atypical background of doing marketing at a startup acquired by Gartner, and a little bit of everything at a startup focused on creating experimental educational initiatives for cutting edge STEM fields (think computational neuroscience for the NIH, or aerospace for NASA). The common thread through all of this has been a lot of self-directed learning.

INTERESTS

Inspired by Devon Zugel – a few things I like to think about and/or I want to learn about

  • How we define truth, and how this contrasts to how we’ve done so historically, and how it relates to science and faith
  • Education and it’s ideals
  • Non-verbal communication
  • The overlap of machine learning, education, neuroscience, and developmental theory
  • Dance
  • Linguistics
  • Theology and religious history
  • Quantum information theory
  • The handcrafts that underly clothing & fashion – textiles, beading, printmaking, etc.

If you want to see what I’m researching related to frontier tech and Compound, check out our twitter research page or my are.na repository of loose strands.

PODCASTS

The Vance Crowe Podcast (May, 2020)
Some thoughts on ritual, AI, how I got into venture capital, fashion, and how I use Twitter.

The Other Life Podcast (August, 2020)
On joining VC, my experience with Lambda School and atypical education paths, being a Christian in tech, and using Twitter to learn.

Hope in Source Podcast (May, 2020)
What does flourishing look like? I joined Henry to chat about faith in a less reductive way (than many of us may of grown up with). On rationality, the Church as a body, education, liturgy, family, being productive, and simply doing things for its own sake – all tying back to a picture of shalom!

Housekeeping

You can find some of my older writing on my Medium, here.