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.
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.