Curtis’s mission is to be the investor that he loved working with as an entrepreneur—helpful, humble, and empathetic.
Curtis is a Venture Partner at Primary Venture Partners focused on investing in pre-seed and seed-stage companies. Curtis has the vantage point of being both a prior investor and an entrepreneur, allowing him to see the world through the other’s eyes. He started his career as an associate at Summit Partners and Advanced Technology Ventures. For a decade afterward, he was an operator in various product roles at Google, YouTube, Zynga, and Groupon before founding two companies, Luxe and Pinwheel.
Curtis has also been an active angel investor, investing in companies such as Superhuman, Persona, Aalto, Kapwing, Poshmark, Wag!, Pared, Dadi, Woven, Origin Protocol, Bandit, and Matik. C
Curtis received a bachelor’s degree from The University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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My time founding and scaling Luxe inspired me to come back to the world of venture. Those five years were some of the most challenging and difficult of my life, but also the ones from which I learned the most. Through success and failure, I learned more about myself and who I like to work with. This experience shaped my desire to pay it forward to a new generation of entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship has an uncanny way of humbling you and stripping you down to reveal who you really are. There are the anxious moments when you’re down to the last month of runway and you’re on to your fiftieth pitch with still no lead. Or when you’re scaling the company so quickly that your processes and product start falling apart. Or when you’re doing layoffs and telling your family that you’re not taking any salary until you can right the ship. I’ve been there. And that’s why I have so much admiration for entrepreneurs. As someone who’s been in your shoes, I promise to serve you and be the investor that I loved working with as an entrepreneur.
Stuff You Wouldn't Know
What I Believe In: I think you can tell a lot about a person/founder by how they play basketball. Do you do the dirty work of rebounding, defending, and setting screens, or are you the type to jack up shots and not make your teammates better? Too bad you can’t make that a requirement before making an investment.
My Passion: Besides startups, I love music, sneakers, and reading. During my off time, you can find me playing guitar through my Marshall JCM 800s, producing music on Ableton or DJing on my Pioneer CDJs. I’ve also been collecting sneakers since the 90s and read a handful of books a month.
Best Advice: Happiness is a choice that you make and a skill that you develop.