June 2, 2017

Above the Law: A Framework For Reinventing Yourself

This article was originally published on on May 31, 2017.

SC Moatti is a technology visionary, a VC investor, and the bestselling author of Mobilized: An Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology. She also serves on boards of directors for both public and private companies, including mobile technology giant Opera Software (OPERA:Oslo). Moatti started her career as a product professional before becoming an executive at mobile pioneers like Facebook, Trulia and Nokia.

When she decided she wanted to transition from the C-suite to the boardroom, her strategy was rooted in her prior business development experiences (which included launching and monetizing mobile products that are now used by billions of people and have received prestigious awards, including an Emmy nomination).

She viewed herself as a product that needs to appeal to a certain market where perfect fit is the ultimate key: board appointment committees. Whether your goal is to shift from being an in-house counsel to a GC, from GC to a C-level executive, or to become a board member — you will need to work hard and strategically reinvent yourself.

Moatti argues, “Re-inventing ourselves as many 17 times or even more throughout our career is an essential professional skill to thrive in the ever-changing social, political, and technological landscape.” She adds, “In fact, if a professional fails to do that, she will reach the middle career plateau within two to five years.”

Moatti approach to re-inventing herself includes creating a three-step framework.

Step 1: Join the conversation 


SC Moatti is the managing partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Products That Count, one of the largest networks of product managers, leaders and entrepreneurs in the world. Previously, she built products that billions of people use at Facebook, Nokia and Electronic Arts. She also serves on boards of both public and private companies, including mobile technology giant Opera Software (OPERA:Oslo). An award-winning bestselling author, Moatti frequently gives keynotes on investing and innovation at prestigious conferences globally, including the Mobile World Congress, the Collision Conference, and the Commonwealth Club; and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and on NPR. She lectures at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she earned her MBA and has a Master of Science in electrical engineering. A16Z general partner Andrew Chen called SC “a genius at making mobile products people love.” For more information, visit Mighty.Capital