Larry Chu is one of the most accomplished tech M&A lawyers in Silicon Valley, where he has advised on over 200 transactions with a total value of over $125B. Along the way, Larry has cultivated one of the best technology networks of anyone I know. In this episode, he reveals how painfully shy he was as a child, but decided early in his career to be a good listener, and used that skill to develop lasting and valuable business relationships.
Listen to Larry's stories about panicking on a large conference call while at Davis Polk, getting grilled by a legendary Sequoia Capital investor, and working with entrepreneurs like Ryan Smith at Qualtrics, Greg Duffy at Dropcam, Martha Lane Fox and Brent Hoberman at LastMinute.com, and Trevor Healy. We also discuss Larry's angel investing career during which he recommends Jason Calacanis' book Angel.
Currently head of the West Coast Technology M&A practice at Goodwin Proctor, Larry has worked on some of the most notable deals, including (deep breath) Zoox’s $1.3B sale to Amazon, Qualtrics’ $8B sale to SAP, The Climate Corp's $1.1B sale to Monsanto, Nest's $3.2B sale to Google, Maker Studios' $500M sale to Disney, and Oculus' $2B sale to Facebook, Dropcam's $555M sale to Nest, and Lynda.com's $1.5B sale to LinkedIn. His list of clients includes such investment firms such as Silver Lake, Accel, a16z and Kleiner Perkins.
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