Sukhinder Singh Cassidy’s CEO journey – TechCrunch

by Jeremy

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy founded theBoardlist, a premium talent marketplace that helps diverse leaders discover board and executive opportunities. A technology executive and entrepreneur, board member, and investor, she has 25 years of experience. nding and helping to scale companies, including Google, Amazon, and Yodlee.

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After listening to others pitch me a few different job opportunities while still at Google in 2008, I realized that I would make a better decision if I could fully explore the larger landscape of new companies emerging in Silicon Valley.

I had spent the last several years focusing on Google’s business outside the U.S., and I honestly felt out of touch with the startup world. Beyond my goal of becoming the CEO of my own company, I had two other ambitions: I wanted to help build an excellent consumer service that would delight people (potentially in e-commerce), and I wanted to make further wealth for myself and my family.

To better evaluate my options, I decided to quit Google first and find a way to study the broader ecosystem of companies before choosing where to go. Resolved to give me a “blank slate” before making a final choice, I left Google when I was three months pregnant and joined Accel Partners, a top Silicon Valley venture capital firm and an investor in my previous startup, in a temporary role as CEO-in-residence.

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