Going from operating a company to investing in companies:
As an operator, you focus deeply on solving a discrete set of problems in a specific market. As an investor, you focus broadly on tons of problems across tons of markets.
As an investor, you're not the one solving the problems.
I think that's the biggest change -- as an investor, you don't really output anything. You don't have as much to show for your work.
To girls in college who are interested in tech:
Take a computer science class, start a side project or learn about design thinking & how to apply it to your coursework.
Build something -- anything -- from start to finish.
Write a medium post or record a podcast episode about the tech trends you're seeing on campus.
Advice for Founders: Learn everything about the market.
Learn everything there is to know about a market before entering it. Understand why others have failed so that you can avoid making their mistakes. Startups are risky! De-risk as much as possible
I get excited when I meet a founder that sees something that no one else sees (yet) and is working on something that has real potential to improve peoples' lives in a meaningful way.
On diversity: Focus on potential rather than pedigree.
I think that diversity programs and initiatives are great, but at the end of the day, we need to just fund and hire more women and minorities. That's it.