Nearly two months into my current job, my wife randomly said “I still don’t understand exactly what you do every day.”
More than anything, this is clearly an indication of my poor communication skills. Or, even worse, it could simply be a sign that I don’t quite know yet what it is that I do. My guess is that it’s the former.
Since I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of new people through some recent virtual events, I now recognize that clarifying my role and responsibilities may be helpful to some readers, in the event I can ever be of any help to you.
So here goes, with a little background context:
I joined Google in October of 2012. Since then, I’ve occupied a number of roles across sales and management. Earlier this year, after a roller coaster of situations, I excitedly landed in a role that touches so many of the things that I enjoy: startups, venture capital, cool products & people.
I generally think titles are meaningless and often used for status signaling, but here is mine just for transparency's sake - ‘Head of VC & Startup Partnerships, U.S. West’ for Google.
What I actually do is a mixture of things, including working with VC firms and their portfolio companies to leverage all the various things Google has to offer to help make them more successful. On any given day, my work may involve connecting people or product teams to one another, advising startups, creating unique programs, or simply doing market research.