Thankful everyday for the opportunity to learn from and build with the best.
Patrick is a Founder, and Managing Partner, of Juxtapose. As a Managing Partner, Patrick is active across the firm's key pillars, working closely with the fund's leaders in concept development, user research, and talent identification. Patrick also participates meaningfully with the portfolio and its CEOs, including involvement at the board and advisory level. Prior to co-founding Juxtapose, Patrick spent a significant portion of his career building businesses at the inception stage, including partner level experience at early stage and company creation-oriented firms such as Thrive Capital and Accretive. Prior to his building experience, Patrick was a venture and growth equity investor at Bain Capital Ventures and Francisco Partners. He started his career at McKinsey & Company. Patrick has a BA from Harvard College, an MA from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
What advice would you give to budding startup founders?
Learn to embrace (and enjoy!) the tensions inherent in the entrepreneurial journey. At times you will need to do; at other times, to lead. The market will ebb, then flow. There will be moments when you will need to focus on growth; and then, around consolidation. A great founder needs to be the water to the vessel that is your company, environment, and team.
What phase of Juxtapose's process excites you the most?
I love the unique moment in our concept development process when a bottom of funnel dig is reaching greenlight and where the focus on the work shifts from the deep concept work to the dreaming up the ideal CEO profile. It's at this point, for me, that the fun of "great concept" will soon meet the reality of "great business". Talent is everything.
How do you know when you have a good idea?
The root of a good idea is one that actually is NOT consensus. Most great, large opportunities stem from an insight that is counterintuitive to most (or at a minimum, very much non-obvious) and potentially controversial. Perhaps an idea that, when looked back with the advantage of hindsight, looks inevitable, but at the time had great minds truthfully disagreeing. Honing in on the deep truth and reality of that insight is the kernel of that good idea.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
At different points in my childhood: a teacher, a lawyer, an astronaut, a fireman, a computer programmer, a journalist, a tennis pro, a car audio installation specialist, a professional eBay seller, a Command & Conquer gamer, an owner of a basketball card specialty store.