So, no, as a VC I don’t actually make the products we fund. I don’t make the headlines our founders do. And I don’t make the companies that change the world.
But I do make things.
I make palms sweat when I step into a conference room to hear a first pitch. I make questions that cut through you like a ginsu cuts through a tin can. I make hearts sink or swoon when my number appears on caller ID. I make entrepreneur’s hearts break when I say “no” and founders high five when I say “yes”. I make it rain for some and rain on the parades of others. I make parents proud of kids they feared could never keep a job. And I make it possible for moms and dads to put bread on the table when their ambition outstrips their savings. I make founders find their limits then step past them. And I make lifelines for cubicle cowboys and girls drowning in a sea of mediocrity. Sometimes I make a difference. Sometimes I just make a mess. And, sometimes I make a leader by being someone’s first follower."