John is the General Manager at Willow Works, a family investment fund that focuses on startups. Their team provides investment, consulting, and links startups to their advisor network, which includes previous Conquering Columbus guest, Pamela Springer, as well as several other leaders in the Columbus area. Before Willow Works, John spent time in a variety of operations related roles, which we discuss in the episode!
(00:00:00) John Choi
(00:00:45) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:01:14) The SunDown Group
(00:01:59) The Conquering Columbus Startup Package
(00:02:20) Like, subscribe, and share Conquering Columbus!
(00:02:28) Conquering Columbus Intro
(00:03:21) Introduction to John Choi
(00:04:00) A typical day in the life
(00:04:20) Starting a fund
(00:05:48) Childhood and upbringing
(00:11:11) From taekwando to the traditional career route
(00:12:20) John’s first big break
(00:16:00) John’s path to Manta
(00:19:00) CIO-for-hire experience
(00:23:00) How WillowWorks has evolved
(00:24:10) WillowWorks today and the goals for the future
(00:25:15) What do you look for when considering an investment?
(00:27:30) What does the relationship look like once an investment is made?
(00:28:55) WillowWorks’ advisor network
(00:30:53) WillowWorks’ vision for the future
(00:32:05) Finding “your” career path in life
(00:34:30) Live Uncomfortably
(00:35:45) Closing remarks
(00:35:56) Like, subscribe, and share Conquering Columbus!
(00:36:20) Facilities Management eXpress (FMX)
(00:36:50) The SunDown Group
(00:37:35) The Conquering Columbus Startup Package
(00:38:00) Conquering Columbus Outro