Venture Leader - Concept Development
Brian is a pragmatic, optimistic problem solver with a passion for constant learning. As a Venture Leader, he collaborates with the rest of the 1848 Ventures team to develop a portfolio of new product concepts that are rooted in deep customer insights, and aim to help business owners address the broad risks they face every day. Brian graduated from Miami University with a degree in Management Information Systems and is a lifelong resident of Wadsworth, Ohio, where he lives with his wife Heather and kids, Brynn and Brooke.
What’s it like to work at 1848 Ventures?
Every day is different, which is what makes this job so exciting. All the work we do is in service of addressing the unmet needs and unchecked risks of business owners across the US, but the path to solving those problems is always evolving. Whether it’s going into the field and talking to a diverse set of business owners, brainstorming new product concepts, or refining concepts that resonate with potential future customers, we have autonomy and focus needed to move quickly and partnerships to accelerate our learning.
Who inspires you?
I’m a sucker for a good underdog story, real or fiction. Rudy, Rocky, Karate Kid, and the Browns for the last 20 years all come to mind. As a die hard Cleveland sports fan, I still regularly watch the 12 minute YouTube condensed version of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA finals. I know we had LeBron, but technically, we were the underdog and the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead.
What’s your favorite 90’s “jam”?
The 90’s were great, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. I’ll avoid the obvious choices (Snoop/Dre, Nirvana, Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers). “I will wait” by Hootie and the Blowfish is one of the greatest pop songs ever written, and is in my top 10 favorite songs of all time. “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison is a close second.