I’m fortunate enough to have spent the last decade or so doing something I love: Investing in technology start-ups. My path to venture is not typical or predictable--unless you think moving sprinkler pipe in an alfalfa field, lofting hay bales, and shoveling manure prepares you for software investing. I grew up on farm in Bancroft, Idaho. My father was an old-school entrepreneur, a farmer, the kind of guy who knows that if you come in from the fields without dirty hands, you’re probably doing it wrong. He wore overalls to work and had a firmer grip on wheat and grain futures than the floor trades. His father ran a furniture and carpentry startup and learned a few tricks from his father, who ran a fleet of fishing vessels on the Baltic Sea in East Prussia. I’ve spent my entire career in the software business doing everything from selling to marketing to M&A and eventually venture investing. I also enjoy (sort of) running marathons with my family and a few of my partners at Pelion. And I enjoy an old fashioned doughnut or two now and again, which is why I (sort of) enjoy marathons. And I managed to graduate in the top ten of my class from North Gem High in Bancroft Idaho (there were twenty-one of us) and have an economics degree from BYU, where my graduating class was much bigger.