Spotlight on Chandler Malone
Meet Chandler Malone: Founder of Underground Ventures and investor at SixThirty, Chandler is focused on utilizing technology to improve the human condition.
Tell us about Underground Ventures!
I recently launched Underground Ventures after exiting my most recent company, The Moves. The goal for Underground Ventures is to invest in and work with underrepresented founders to solve real societal problems through technology, with a specific focus on the Healthcare, Education, and Clean Energy sectors.
Underground Ventures has partnerships with legal firms, software development training programs, and venture capital funds to give our entrepreneurs access to everything they need to bring their visions to fruition.
We recently made our first investment in MedFlik, a company that is streamlining the patient referral process for physicians in order to ensure that patients get access to the care they need as quickly as possible.
Going forward, Underground Ventures is looking to work with 3-4 more founders who are utilizing technology to solve societal large problems, and I know the NextGen community has a number of exceptional individuals who have the ability to do so. If you're interested in pitching your idea to UV, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is your best advice to a younger entrepreneur hoping to follow in your footsteps?
1. Take full responsibility for your own self-education. At the end of the day, no one is going to teach you everything you need to learn to get to where you want to be, so the onus is on you to ensure that you equip yourself with the information you need to reach your goals.
2. Do not let others' expectations define you. You are the only person who knows your capabilities and dreams, so you are the only one who can define yourself. If you let others define you, your growth will be stunted and you won't reach your full potential.
3. The final and most important piece of advice I would give is to be inquisitive and always listen with an open mind. You never know when you'll pick up a nugget of valuable information that can change your life forever.
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered for finding ways to utilize technology to improve the human condition.
Working in venture capital has made it highly apparent to me all of the ways in which we can utilize technology to generate enormous profits - which is not a bad thing by any means. Our quest for these profits, however, can result in us missing ways to create more significant value for humanity.
We are at a critical juncture in our society, as we see our environment and even people's lives being prioritized behind profits. If my life's legacy could be one thing, it would be facilitating the use of technology to improve access to quality education and healthcare while mitigating the damage we've done to the environment as well.
Breakfast of Champions: Yogurt, Granola, Strawberries, Blueberries, and two scrambled eggs.
Best trip you ever took: Sudan with my wife, brother, and father-in law. There isn't enough space here to give this response justice, but the trip gave me an entirely different perspective on life which was much needed. In the U.S. we often take so much for granted and place value in things that provide us little long-term peace and happiness.
Apple or PC: Apple - but make no mistake, the quality of the products and level of innovation aren't what they used to be!
If you want to connect with this Spotlightee:
Chat with Chandler over on LinkedIn!