Jennifer Fitchen of Sidley Austin represented Angie’s List in its combination with the HomeAdvisor segment of IAC/InterActiveCorp to create a new, publicly traded company with a combined value of about $4 billion.
What piece of advice do you have for young lawyers in tech?
There are a lot of people in Silicon Valley who are doing what they love—become one of them. Find your passion and pursue it.
Who’s the best leader you’ve seen in action and why?
More and more, leadership is about breaking with the status quo, leading when you aren’t sure whether you’ll have followers, or whether you will be able to reach your goal, but pushing forward nonetheless with a deep conviction that what you are doing is right. The best leaders aren’t always the ones who get to stand on the pinnacle of success, but rather those who paved the way for those who do get there.
After the events that have rocked Silicon Valley this year, are you more or less hopeful about the prospects for women in the tech industry?
More hopeful. Progress isn’t always all up and to the right. The tech industry needs talented people of all types and women are increasingly entering into the field. Despite bad news and setbacks, Silicon Valley needs what women in tech have to offer, so our prospects are strong.
If I could change one thing about working in tech, it would be …
Eliminating bias and discrimination would be at the top of my list of things to change in tech.
The No. 1 issue that keeps me and my clients up at night is …
Cybersecurity and data breaches.