I am an entrepreneur - startup mentor - and co-founder/CEO of Written
New York City by Philipp Henzler
If you are looking for Josh Kerr the world class surfer you are in the wrong spot. I'm not him.
I am a developer turned entrepreneur, mentor and angel investor. I co-founded several companies and achieved some success including a few exits. I received some notoriety for smashing a fax machine with a baseball bat during my pitch for Zosh at Demo conference. (In Spring 2010.) This earned me a coveted demo god award and attracted the attention of YouSendIt the company that acquired my startup.
I am currently CEO at Written the venture backed company I co-founded with entrepreneurs I met at Capital Factory. (Marc Smookler, Jeremy Bencken and Connor Hood.)
Born in Dallas, TX but raised on Long Island, NY I developed a taste for Austin Texas where I've lived for the past ten years. Its a great city one that resonates for me both personally and as a startup entrepreneur.
I'm fascinated by technology which was my focus during my time at the University of Texas at Austin. My career in tech has spanned more than fifteen years with my current gig as Co-founder and CEO of Written.
I'm an introvert which comes as a surprise to most folks because I seem like such a people person. My job requires an outgoing personality and a lot of time spent being around people which comes naturally albeit with a cost. I crash pretty hard at the end of the day.
I'm a horrible writer but ironically I love blogging and work at a company that rewards writers for their successful content. My mom is an author but instead of teaching me how to write she taught me how to paint. I'll save that story for another time.
I'm a science geek. Whether its quantum physics or fast growing functions, I spend hours reading about what makes our universe tick. Wikipedia is the bane of my existence often sucking hours of my time leaving me wondering why I didn't go to sleep last night.
I consider myself a very lucky person, I was born into a great family in a great country and have had a life filled with wonderful opportunities. I work hard and believe that much of my good fortune has been a product of good luck.
I the father of two amazing children a boy and a girl.
- Co-founder and CEO at Written
- Angel investor
- Capital Factory Mentor/Partner (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
- Techstars Mentor (2013, 2014)
- 4x startup exec/founder
- DemoGod Winner (Spring 2010)
- Co-Founder/CEO Zosh (acquired by YouSendIt now HighTail December 2010)
- Austin Technology Incubator alum (2009)
- Patent: System and method for collecting a signature using a smart device #12/555,667 View on Google Patents
- Has a github account
- Videos on YouTube
- More videos on vimeo
- Active on Twitter
- Profile on LinkedIn
- Friendly on Facebook
- Angel invests on Angel List
- His Svbtle Blog
- His Tumblr Blog
- Product interests on Pinterest
- Curates several Flipboard magazines. See my magazine page to subscribe
Thank you to the team at Ghost for the fantastic software that hosts my blog. Also thanks to Digital Ocean for providing hosting and to Cloudflare for making things fast.