[Today was the last day of classes- so after this I crawl into my exam hole for two weeks.]
The more mobile startups get, the harder it would be to start new silicon valleys. If startups are mobile, the best local talent will go to the real Silicon Valley…
I love New York, but after much thought, I’ve decided that I’m going to Silicon Valley this summer, to work at the law firm of Orrick Herrington. (wikipedia) (Assuming I pass their conflicts requirements, of course.) I’m really excited- Orrick has great people and a strong startup and licensing practice. It should be a great place for me to start my career.
This was simultaneously a very hard and a very easy decision- very easy, in that there was no ‘wrong’ answer, but also very hard, in that there were a lot of great options with various, competing strengths. I spent a lot of time wrestling not just with them, but with myself as well, trying to understand not just what they offered but what I wanted and needed. Orrick came out on top, but I literally went down to the wire, and I think very highly of the other firms that I filtered out along the way, especially the last handful.
I wasn’t the only one involved in this decision. I’d like to thank the various lawyers in my life- I got a lot of great advice. Much of it was conflicting, but that was the nature of the beast :) And yes, Krissa is excited about the possibility of going West again, though she’ll be in New York for the summer.
[And yes, before anyone mentions it to me for the third time in the past 24 hours, I’ve seen the bubble 2.0 video. I even got shown it in a class today! The video is exactly correct- we’re absolutely in a bubble… and yet, per Graham, I think I need to make the pilgrimage anyway. Who knows… the explosion might be fun.]
[Oh, and if any Orrick people stumble across this, make sure to check out my blog Q&A.]