To Be Or Not To Be: Operator Vs Founder Vs Investor?

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As an operator turned founder turned investor I get asked often the pros and cons of being each. I often respond with a sports analogy — it isn’t mutually exclusive but do you enjoy being a player, the goal-scorer, or the coach? Because you need all of them in a game. While generalizing is practically impossible, this post is focused on providing a framework especially for the tech industry and for those considering a career change. Jumping across the choices is common in a fluid environment like Silicon Valley, in fact some of the most successful entrepreneurs had significant experience…...

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Amit Garg I have been in Silicon Valley for 20 years -- at Samsung NEXT Ventures, running my own startup (as of May 2019 a series D that has raised $120M and valued at $450M), at Norwest Ventures, and doing product and analytics at Google. My academic training is BS in computer science and MS in biomedical informatics, both from Stanford, and MBA from Harvard. I speak natively 3 languages, live carbon-neutral, am a 70.3 Ironman finisher, and have built a hospital in rural India serving 100,000 people.