When I started this adventure I didn’t have the money to pay for a masters degree – let alone $100,000 to an Ivy League university. My kids were five and two years old and I was working for a healthcare startup – i.e. no money.
I started a company last year and it has been tough…damn tough. The life of an entrepreneur is not glamorous. Sure, I’ve traveled a ton and met a lot of interesting people, but those luxuries didn’t come with cash. After several months of never knowing how I’d pay the mortgage or bring home groceries, I could finally see dollar signs.
And those dollar signs meant I could pay for grad school at Brown. It felt good…damn good. I rolled the dice (like never before) and it actually worked. But, and this is a BIG but…the deal my firm put together that was going to pay for school didn’t happen. My partner and I reviewed what we were doing and made a decision NOT to move forward with it. I’m rolling the dice more than a degenerate gambler now.
A lot of money was left on the table – more than I had ever seen. In the end it was the right thing to do and as luck would have it, a better opportunity came around at the same time. Only problem is, the new one won’t pay quickly.
So, I’m in a unique position. I made a decision to forgo a ton of money, and thus, pay for grad school, to chase something I really want to do – be a Silicon Valley venture capitalist. I guess the cat is out of the bag now…my firm is in talks with a VC firm in San Francisco about partnering.
I love venture capital and to have an opportunity to do it in the Valley is as big as it gets. This has long been a dream of mine. Not only that, I’ll have an opportunity to get into the healthcare tech space – talk about a perfect match with Brown!
My objective has always been to give an honest account of getting into Brown. I wish I could say I wired the money and booked a ticket to Rhode Island, but I can’t…not right now.
I’ve always set big goals and they’ve always worked out. I can honestly say I’m not worried – this is part of the journey. And it’s ALWAYS about the journey. If it was easy, everyone would do it.
Sincerely, The Graduate (at Brown)