I always wanted to be a writer. In fact, in college, I majored in creative writing (I bet you didn’t know Stanford even offered a degree in creative writing.) It was a fun major — the homework consisted of reading novels and writing whatever popped into my head. I enjoyed my undergraduate life immensely, and had a lot more free time than my engineering-major roommates. Life was great!
Unfortunately, upon graduation, two flaws in my plan became apparent. One, I didn’t have anything to write about. Two, I was in debt, and there didn’t seem to be any high-paying creative writing jobs available in Silicon Valley.
So, instead, I got a job as the editor of the company newspaper for Tandem Computers, discovered a passion for bringing technology to non-technologists, got an MBA, started a company with my brother, ran it for fourteen years, led Apple’s developer relations for a year, and then became a venture capitalist.*
But I still really enjoy writing.
And I finally have a few things to say. So I’m going to give it a go here.
My life as an entrepreneur and then a venture capitalist has been filled (and continues to be filled) with great adventures. Some of them have been exhilarating, some of them debilitating, but all of them have left me with war stories and lessons learned that I hope to share here. Plus, I do have some opinions about the most interesting future trends, the state of various markets, the issues surrounding women in the tech workforce, and other topics I’ll opine upon here.
I hope you’ll enjoy taking this journey with me and you’ll let me know what you think!
*if you want to read my full bio you can find it at www.heidiroizen.com