Co-Founder & Head of Operations, Upstart
Anna currently runs Operations at Upstart. She joined Upstart after running global Premium Services & Customer Programs for Google Enterprise. She brings 10 years of operations experience from a number of startups, McMaster Carr Company, and most recently 5 years at Google. Anna graduated from Boston University with a BA in Finance and Entrepreneurship. She was born and raised in Moscow and moved to the US immediately after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Letter to Myself at 20
Don't worry if you don't know exactly what you want to be when you grow up. The reality is, most people don't. Pick the first thing that interests you and use every opportunity to prove how good you are. If you're not sure of what that thing is, pick the hardest thing you can do - it will give you maximum option value down the road. Hint - move to Silicon Valley, you'll find lots of things you love here. Remember to define success in the broadest sense. Say yes to every adventure. Stay close to old friends. Worry less about failing than not realizing your potential. Buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride.