ISSUE – Nov. 18 | Why I Became a Venture Partner

If you had asked me 10 years ago if I thought I’d be a venture capitalist someday, I would have laughed. Not because I knew women in the venture capital community are largely underrepresented (though they are), but because I’d never considered this career path. Starting a business, yes… But becoming a venture capitalist was not on the list. I was inspired to create my first company, a social network targeting new moms called Maya’s Mom, when working for Yahoo! in 2006. At a company offsite, I heard then Yahoo! executive (turned True Ventures partner) Toni Schneider speak. I was immediately impressed.