I moved to Silicon Valley after graduate school, with pretty much just two suitcases and the ambition to start a company.
When I became a founder, I learned to never lose peripheral vision for unexpected opportunity. Nothing worked out as I planned.
My first start-up, CenterRun, couldn’t find product-market fit and we sold early. My second, Clearwell, grew from almost zero to a $100m revenue run-rate in four years. For both companies, we raised seed from a multi-stage firm and it really helped. Talking to my board members each week helped me grow from being a terrified founder into a confident CEO. I joined Sequoia and then BCV to help other founders in the same way.