Hi, I'm Braden
A first generation American born in Dallas, raised in Los Angeles, and currently living in New York City that loves to build hyper-growth ventures. As an entrepreneurial executive I combine the philosophical with the practical to build high performance cultures and scalable systems. I now advise startups, coach executives, and provide interim executive services.
I don’t fit neatly into a box. My career spans more than a dozen sectors and almost every functional area. I began my professional career as a management consultant at Deloitte and later worked as an operational executive at Bridgewater Associates. I then joined real estate startup Knotel, which I helped scale from 25 to 500 people from series A to C reaching unicorn status. And in 2020 served as COO at Paxful, a leading P2P crypto marketplace. My decade long “side hustle” has been as co-founder of efoxx HAIR, one of LA’s top luxury boutique hair salons.
In an effort to put my business skills to use for social impact I’m a volunteer judge with Venture for America and have worked on-the-ground with LivelyHoods in Kenya and Endeavor in South Africa. In my downtime I love travelling (60+ countries), adventure sports, reading, and spending time with friends. A few additional fun facts:
- I met my wife in a cafe while backpacking in India
- I had a 6 gauge tongue ring for 10 years
- I have awesome cat named Hal who is on Instagram, but I’m not
I have a multi-disciplinary education with a B.A. from UCLA, M.A.L.D. from Tufts University, and M.B.A. from Instituto de Empresa Business School in Spain. Additional studies at Harvard University, East China Normal University, and Universidad de Concepción in Chile.