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What was your route to the top? I spent 11 years in big law, first as an associate, then as a partner at Cooley, working with high growth technology companies from formation through IPO. After taking a couple of years off when my second child was born, I returned to work part-time as GC for a small software company, then had my own firm for a few years before joining my client Zynga in 2009 as its second lawyer. Zynga grew from 425 to 3000 employees in the three years I was there, and I had the opportunity to help build a legal department and take on numerous new challenges. That experience was a pivotal point in my career, and it prepared me for the GC role at Twilio, where I’ve built the legal team from one person when I joined four years ago to 28 people today, while guiding the company through an IPO, several acquisitions and global expansion. I also oversee the Security team and served as interim Chief People Officer for over a year.

James Schroeder


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