How did you decide to become a VC?
My path to venture capital was serendipitous, so I advise young people to plan their careers but also be open to interesting but perhaps orthogonal opportunities when they present themselves. In 1999, I had recently left McKinsey & Company to join the dot-com revolution and was working as director of marketing at a startup. On the side, for fun, I was writing freelance for FORTUNE magazine about some of the innovative approaches to management being pioneered by exciting Silicon Valley tech companies. For my reporting, I spoke to many venture capitalists and hit it off with the Trinity team. They asked me to join them, and I was immediately enthralled by the caliber of entrepreneurs I had the good fortune to meet and their new business ideas. And here I am,15 years later, still loving every day.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a VC?
Without a doubt, the greatest rewards come from supporting the amazing feats and successes of our entrepreneurs. I particularly love the pivotal moment when my portfolio companies achieve product market fit and can turn their attention to scaling. Entrepreneurs defy the odds at every turn with almost superhuman effort and intensity, and I strive to be the best supporting actress, leveraging my experience and relationships to help them realize their dreams.
What about Trinity Ventures makes you proudest and why?
Trinity has an unbeatable culture. It’s built on fairness, trust and intellectual honesty. It embraces diversity and it requires everyone to check their egos at the door. We have deep respect for our entrepreneurs and limited partners, and our approach to solving problems is highly collaborative. Our culture is truly the bedrock for the longevity and success of our firm, and it makes me proud to work here.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I most enjoy spending time with my husband and three children, and weekends will often find me navigating to remote soccer fields or basketball courts. I love spending time outdoors; playing tennis, hiking, skiing, you name it. I am also an avid reader of fiction (latest favorite: The Orphan Master’s Son) and enthusiast of NY Times crossword puzzles.