August 10, 2020
Larry Chu: How to Build a Career with Loyalty and Care
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. 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. Dave & Larry 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.