Feb 16, 2023
T.A. McCann - Venture Capital, The America's Cup & Great Lessons On Choices!
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Today, we sit down with T.A. McCann, who comes to the podcast through the talented Chase Nall and Marcus Womack. T.A. is one of the most intelligent, curious, successful, and down-to-earth dads we've interviewed over the past few years.
He was the founder and CEO of Senosis (acquired by Google), Gist (acquired by Blackberry), and Rival IQ, a leader in marketing analytics. Previously, he was an EIR at Polaris Venture Partners, Vulcan Capital, where he built Vulcan Labs and Providence Health Services, focused on quantified health ideas and investments. He also held senior roles at Microsoft, leading Exchange and the Mobile Services divisions. In addition to his own startup experience, he is an active angel investor in companies including SkillJar, CreativeLive, Assist, Migo, and Vendor Hawk and is on the board of Guidant Financial, Volt Athletics, and Splash.org. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Washington Foster School of Business and an active TechStars mentor.
Prior to his startup career, he was a professional sailor, having competed in 2 America's Cups (won one, lost one) and the Whitbread Round the World race.
Today's conversation is about T.A., the dad. We learn how his parents taught him to take risks and be curious. He shares a story of his father on the power of "look it up," which he said was very annoying, yet he is so thankful for the guidance now as an adult. His entire family is driven, goal-oriented, and enjoys seeing the world! In fact, his father visited over 100 countries! Yes, that's right! T.A. would also share a mantra that is a gift and also a gap where he finds himself happy but not satisfied.
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