Eric is a passionate financial thinker and has centered his career around growing things from scratch. Eric came to Oregon on a scholarship to the University of Oregon School of Law to study M&A law (April '17). Shortly after coming to Oregon, Eric joined the University of Oregon Foundation Seed Fund as a founding member and has helped lead the Fund to multiple venture financings.
Prior to coming to Oregon, Eric worked for a high-growth Sequoia and Accel funded startup doing lead sourcing and developing custom pipeline analysis tools and Sales Force dashboards. Eric also spent four years in South Korea as a student where he became fluent in Korean, and later returned as a development consultant for the University of Utah's Asia Campus. In this role he helped establish, fund, and run one of the first foreign university campuses in South Korea. During his time in Korea he co-founded a multinational entrepreneur networking organization dedicating to linking expatriate entrepreneurs with other local innovators and investors. Eric also co-founded a successful startup where men's bespoke clothing retailers could outsource part of their manufacturing to South Korean tailors in order to reduce costs.
Eric holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of Utah, a certificate of Financial Economics from Seoul National University, and a JD from University of Oregon. As Elevate's venture principal, Eric aids in deal sourcing, investment review, dilegance, and portfolio management. Eric is also a TiE Charter Member.