tl;dr: I'm not sure what I am up to, but I am all in on Boston tech and am launching open office hours with a diversity component.
After a pretty crazy summer I have been doing a lot of reflecting on what I want to do with the next decade of my professional life.
So, what's next?
I am all in on Boston tech. I've lived in San Francisco, but moved back here 15 years ago to get my MBA at MIT and stayed since then. I've had a lot of opportunities to move out west again, but frankly, I love this town and can never see myself leaving. The startup community in Boston has given me so much. I have received tons of awesome advice, guidance, support and help from all of you over the years. I can never repay it all.
I'm also passionate about diversity in tech. Boston tech can't can grow into what it should be without more gender and ethnic diversity. Our companies need to represent the future of our economy and society, not the past.
Boston has a long way to go in order to be where it should be in startups and technology and diversity, and I want to help get us there. I don't know the best role for me to play in that quest yet. It might be founding a company, it might be advising and angel investing, it might be doing venture capital investing. No matter what the role, my passion lies in building more pillar companies in Boston and improving diversity in tech here.
What are you doing right now?
To both pay it forward and help promote more diversity here, I'm offering open office hours to the Boston tech community, and reserving 50% of my time slots for women and minorities only. I'll meet with anyone who wants to, and about nearly anything. The only requirement is that you have to be based in Boston. If you're interested, signup here.
That's it for now, but stay tuned for more. If you are passionate about tech in Boston, subscribe to this blog and follow me on Twitter for updates. And if you want to hear a lot more detail about my thoughts on Boston tech, listen to my interview in on the Tech in Boston podcast.