Welcome to the Forty Over 40 blog. Every week we spotlight one of our honorees and their thoughts on reinvention, mentorship and momentum…plus a peek into what makes them tick.
1. What was a pivotal momentum of reinvention for you?
In 2009, there was a big re-org at Microsoft and I came to a cross roads in my career. Did I want to stay at Microsoft and be comfortable, or reinvent myself and try something new. I took it as an opportunity to begin to following my own path. I jumped in with two feet and became an early stage investor. This led me to meeting lots of amazing entrepreneurs, mentors, and fellow investors. Through the years I ended up founding Project 11 and Startup Institute and running Techstars. I could not have picked a better path.
2. Who has been a valuable mentor or sponsor?
My husband has been my biggest advocate and cheerleader. We have a true partnership. I know it sounds cheesy, but he has always pushed me to think bigger and do more.
3. What is your biggest goal right now?
I want to prove that you can intentionally make startup communities more vibrant and inclusive.
4. What time do you typically wake up? What do you do every morning?
I am an early riser, usually 5 AM. I love to sneak down into my kitchen and make a cup of coffee and get ahead of the day before the kids get up. I am a Newspaper junkie. I read about seven papers a day.
5. How did you feel on your 30th birthday? What were you doing at that time?
I was pregnant and thrilled to be working at a startup. I used to catch a quick nap under my desk. The programmers just thought I had been up all night.
6. How do you unplug? How often do you unplug?
I go Lake Champlain and swim with my kids and friends.
7. What was the last business book you read?
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder
8. What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
If there is something to be done, do it.
9. What is your secret indulgence?
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