Brian Williams

Brian is the VP of Tech Community at Primary Venture Partners.

Bio 

Prior to joining Primary, Brian’s experience includes heading up engineering recruiting for Grovo and cofounding IMC Associates - a boutique tech recruiting agency.  Brian is a former engineer turned entrepreneur/tech recruiter. He is passionate about open source technology, and has been involved in the NYC Tech community for over a decade.

The Rest of the Story

I grew up in the garden part of the Garden State with reasonable goals of becoming either a professional baseball player or a rock star.  Although passionate about sports and music, the entrepreneur bug hit me after watching my father leave his corporate America job as a print buyer for Peugeot and starting a printing company.  After many manual labor “startups” as a teenager, I fell hard into technology and ultimately started consulting as the “tech kid.”  Withstints in marketing and sales in my early 20s (and a combination of unbridled optimism and fierce work ethic), I co-founded and ran a successful tech recruiting agency.  I’ve been part of the startup scene in NYC since before there was a scene, and I have a passion for helping entrepreneurs build and scale companies with their most important asset: people.  I have a huge passion for technology and believe that the organizational impact of great engineering mind is immeasurable.

Other fun stuff: I’m incredibly competitive, I love skiing, I see at least one live music concert a month, I’m left handed, I'm highly sarcastic, and I believe in the Oxford comma.

Stuff You Wouldn't Know

First Job: I worked at a video store that rented VHS tapes and Nintendo games.  If you’ve ever seen the movie Clerks, it was a lot like that.

Most humbling life experience: In 2013, I traveled on a philanthropic endeavor to Kenya.  I was given the opportunity to visit the villages and be there for the ground-breaking ceremony for schools we had raised money to build.  To me, there is no more humbling experience than 200+ village children wanting to shake your hand in appreciation for providing four cement walls and a cistern for clean drinking water.

Random fact: I’m 6’5”, but I’m awesome at jump rope and pretty good at handstands.  Seriously.