As a partner at FundedBuy, Megan is responsible for business development & expansion. She has worked closely with hundreds of early-stage startups, accelerators and funds to get them set up efficiently and optimize their operating expenses so founders can focus on product and growth.
Megan is a venture consultant to Comcast Ventures. In her role, she works across the investment team to source and evaluate investment opportunities as well as a liaison to NBCU Media Labs on innovation strategy & global expansion.
Previously she served as a venture partner to LaunchTime LLC with FundedBuy founder Benjamin Sun, focused on incubating and investing in digital media and e-commerce companies. Prior to diving into the startup ecosystem, Megan worked in freelance production at Campfire NYC (acquired by Sapient) and Sony Pictures. She got her start in the Global Branded Entertainment & Music Touring departments at International Creative Management (ICM) in Los, Angeles, CA while studying Music Business at the Musician’s Institute.
1. What about your career has surprised you the most?
Everything. I have always taken the road less traveled — from leaving college after my sophomore year — to starting businesses across various industries in which I had no real hard background in. It’s been one big adventure — although my "through line" or narrative -- has always been a steward for people, money and ideas. Whether thats in revenue generating business’ or investing -- I love a good platform. I’m very non-linear and have been extremely fortunate to attract the right partners and colleagues along my journey who have recognized my special sauce and have instilled confidence, knowledge and wisdom far beyond the bottom line. I hope I am always surprised, adapting and pursuing my curiosities.
2. What about the future excites you?
Things are changing and evolving so quickly. I am excited to be on the ground floor and witness a lot of the technological advances we are making come to life. I am particularly excited to see some of the first real use cases/ implications in the blockchain/crypto currency world as that is where I am currently spending a lot of time. I recently took on a new role and I know I have a lot of growing potential in learning to communicate in a new leadership environment, challenge myself and make things happen.
3. What about the future scares you?
There is always a fear of the un-known but I try to stay as present as possible. When you give up trying to solve or think about things so outside your reach -- you have much more space to be thoughtful, responsive, creative and intentional in the now. There is always the age old battle of technology vs nature — I def. think as we become a more digitally connected society ( which I have a hand in) that we remember the importance of staying connected with ourselves and others.
4. Which book has had the most significant impact on your life and why?
The Game of Life & How To Play It — this was given to me by my business partner 6 years ago. I have since given or recommended hundreds of copies of this book to family, friends, colleagues and strangers. It was written in 1939 by Florence Scovel Shinn who was one of the first female metaphysics to talk about the power of positive thinking. This book has very short but impactful chapters: The Law of Prosperity, The Power of the Word, The Law of Non-Resistance, Intuition, Love etc. In its simplicity, all the wisdom captured in each chapter still applies to todays world. I keep a copy next to my bed and often I flip to a chapter that speaks to me in that particular moment in time, or sometimes I just flip through and see what page I land on. I have read this hundreds of times and every single time I read it, I draw upon a new meaning, guidance and pause across all sectors of my life.
5. What lesson do you wish you had learned earlier in your career?
Don’t give it all away for free. I’ve always been generous with my resources which I think is a beautiful gift and way of being — to an extent. There came a time in which I really had to take stock over what I had to offer and deeply value that, so others would to. I feel fortunate that I’ve been able to find confidence and channel that into making money for myself and others.
6. What is your favorite P3 moment?
— Well, we are just getting started in LA! We had our first pod meeting last month over breakfast and decided as a group to make this a standing monthly event. Back in December I co-hosted a breakfast with the P3 founders while they were in LA to engage with colleagues that were not already privy to the community — and pretty much every single one of them has joined. I know there is so much I am going to learn from each individual member and the community as a whole. We’ve had nothing but positive feedback. The best is yet to come!
7. If you woke up and had 1,000 emails in your inbox and could only answer 100, how would you choose which ones to answer?
I am not an inbox zero person — so, 1,000 seems like a dream. Hmm — I would prioritize any pressing business follow up to founders/investors/colleagues that may need a timely response. Then, I would probably go through and star/select the names of the sender that I am most familiar with that are in my immediate communities first.
8. If we could arrange a dinner for you with one person in your industry, who would you want to invite?
You mean besides Oprah? Hmm — such a toss up. Back to the road less traveled... I will pick two. One is Susan Lyne — although we have met a couple times briefly and I’ve worked with her amazing partner Nisha/BBG companies — I have not had quality time with her. I think she has such a remarkable background. I really admire her ability to navigate industries , empower others around her, and her collaborative leadership style. I’d love to hear her untold stories. The second would be Mary Meeker — I appreciate anyone who can go super deep in their craft ( and share their findings with the world) I am fascinated by her brain — she seems like the type of person that I would walk away with more meaningful/reframed questions from than answers and be fully satisfied.