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  1. My Big Break: The time Kirsten Green went to lunch with a friend and got a $5 million check

    Regular readers will know that I’m so inspired by Kirsten Green’s unconventional, self-made journey to become a venture capitalist that I did a lengthy profile of her for our last PandoQuarterly. A few weeks ago at dinner, I asked her to reflect on the one person who she couldn’t have done it without.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  2. My Big Break: How Terry Semel (and the ET Atari fiasco) landed LinkedIn's Jeff Weiner at Yahoo

    LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner has had a couple "big breaks" in his career. The first came when his father asked him to write a mock cover letter to help him figure out what he wanted to do with this life. Word of that cover letter reached an office mate who was able to hook him up with his dream job: A strategic planning gig at Warner Bros which Weiner admits, on paper at least, he was woefully unqualified for.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  3. How a mock cover letter to his father helped LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner land a job at Warner Bros

    Most kids don't grow up wanting to be media moguls. But with a father who worked in the television business, former Warner Bros executive and current LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner's future was beginning to take shape as early as the first grade. He used to snag his father's trade magazines like Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, transfixed by box office reports. He would watch TV at home and think about why some programs worked and others didn't.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  4. My Big Break: How Ken Lerer helped Buzzfeed's Jonah Peretti turn viral prankery into an $850M business

    Before cofounding Huffington Post and later Buzzfeed, Jonah Peretti was basically a guy who liked fucking around on the Internet.

    By David Holmes , written on

    From the News desk

  5. My Big Break: New Relic's Lew Cirne on how he raised his first $35k, and thought it would last forever

    The dozens of billboards all over San Francisco alone will tell you that software analytics firm New Relic is on fire these days. And if the ads weren’t proof, the company has raised some $215 million to date to fuel it all -- including a whopping $80 million earlier this year.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  6. My Big Break: How Brian Lee cold-called Robert Shapiro and turned him into a co-founder

    In Pando's "My Big Break" series, we've been asking leading names in the tech industry to share the person who, or opportunity which, lead to the breakthrough moment in the career. Earlier this week, Jason Hirschhorn told me about the lawyer who helped him go from bedroom entrepreneur to the youngest senior exec at MTV Networks.

    By Paul Carr , written on

    From the News desk

  7. My Big Break: Jason Hirschhorn on how a 4am email took him from sweatpants to MTV

    When we first conceived the My Big Break series, I immediately thought of Jason Hirschhorn. Given that Jason is one of the best storytellers I know, I just knew he'd have a great story about who (or what) got him started on the road to success.

    By Paul Carr , written on

    From the News desk

  8. How Carol Bartz gave Autodesk's Carl Bass his big break

    All this month, we're asking tech founders, investors and CEOs to share with us their Big Break: the person who or moment which set them on the path to success.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

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