I'm Johnnie, an investor, brand nerd, writer, film buff, and dog lover based in New York City.

I started atNYU in 2018 believing that I wanted a career in film. I was a freelance photographer/filmmaker freshman year, stepped into a producing track sophomore year, and ultimately decided to pivot and pursue film academically under our Cinema Studies department in my junior year. I spent most of my time on sci-fi, post-human, and remix theory, and a lot of my investment theses are inspired by my film experiences and related academic frameworks.

Currently, I am an investor at Listen Ventures based in Chicago (although working remotely in New York). Our entire team shares a passion for all things consumer, and I particularly take interest in companies whose mission or products/services intersect with art/culture or Web3. When appropriate opportunities arise, I lead investments through Classic Ventures, my own syndicate, bringing GenZ voices to company cap tables.

Prior to Listen, I was a Venture Fellow with HBCUvc, Catalyst Fellow with On Deck, and Teaching Fellow / Program Assistant at NYU Stern's Berkley Center of Entrepreneurship.

I'm an investor in: August, Cohart, Nguyen Coffee Supply, Nice Day, Maude, Haus, Snack Dating, SELFMADE, Group Shop, Leda Health, Basic Space, and more (currently unannounced).

VC
GenZ
Collector
Asian American
Film Critic
Writer
Photographer

Speaking

On Designing Great Teams
SXSW Online, 2020

Why Tactics are Dead in Marketing
Tedx Sydney, 2018

Using Real Colours
Design Collection Group, 2018

Why Fonts Are Still Important
Helvetica Conference, 2017

Clients

Apple
CapriSun
Nike
Sonos
Webflow
Cadbury
+ more

Press

Adobe Design Achievement
Brand New
Communication Arts
Complex Magazine
Design Observer
Fast Company
It’s Nice That
Copy Magazine
Paste Magazine