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General partner in the venture capital firm OCA Ventures and cofounder of Us Empowered, a college-prep nonprofit for urban teens
From: Bartlesville, Okla.
Lives in: Lincoln Park
Bio note: Eddie regularly competes in triathlons and completed the Ironman in 2007.
“When I was in high school, I thought I was going to be a takeover guy. Maybe because I saw Wall Street or Pretty Woman. But the way my cards played was to get involved with entrepreneurs. It’s fascinating to work with people who have such a belief in something, they’ll run through walls to grow their businesses.”
“My first job? I worked at a country club, valet parking cars for Sunday brunch, and during the week I was a snack-bar attendant at the pool, which had benefits: free food, meeting lots of friends. Girls.”
“I’m racing for a sense of accomplishment. I’m not going to be the one who’s going to win. Training for a triathlon is almost like a second job. It’s probably an average of 30-something hours per week. But when you cross the finish line, it erases all of the painful moments.”