After 20 years of practice, I am saying FAREWELL to the full-time practice of law. I am saying HELLO to a new endeavor – venture capital.
Don’t get me wrong, I love being a lawyer. In particular, I love being a trial lawyer. In the courtroom. Before a jury. Making the argument for my client’s cause. Even so, I feel like I’ve achieved the objectives I set for myself when I entered practice. I don’t see myself loving it as much if I keep doing it for the next 20 years. That said, I will always be a lawyer and an advocate. I’ll just be using my skills a little differently.
But why venture capital? Earlier this year, I started exploring potential pivots out of private law practice and into a role in which I could leverage my experience, creativity, strategic mindset, and judgment to create value. I read Simon Sinek’s Start with Why, Adam Grant’s Originals, and Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals (to be clear, I am not a socialist or a communist – quite the contrary!). I devoured a handful of books on venture capital, consulted with an academic advisor and mentor at the Fisher College of Business, met with venture capitalists, and did my due diligence. I started thinking deeply about what it means to “create value,” and the ways I could do that given my skill set.
Venture capital will allow me to leverage my diverse and substantial experience to help early stage companies maximize their purpose and create value.
HELLO, venture capital.