Fenwick & West startup and venture capital co-chair Cindy Hess was profiled by The Recorder in recognition of her inclusion on the publication’s Women Leaders in Tech Law list for the third straight year. The list celebrates leadership and great achievement in the legal field.
Under Hess’ leadership, Fenwick’s startup group handled five of the top 10 venture capital-backed technology exits of 2014, including both the largest venture-backed acquisition and IPO, on which Hess took her client Lending Club through a $1 billion offering.
“Hess has counseled emerging and established tech companies for the last 25 years, handling corporate transactions, formation, venture capital financing and IPOs,” The Recorder noted. “She is a day-to-day adviser to Fitbit, GoPro, Hightail, Lending Club, Nextdoor, Prezi, WeWork, Zoosk, and the list goes on.”
“I love the variety of work and innovations I am lucky enough to see from the ground up,” Hess told The Recorder.
Reflecting on the best advice she had received, Hess shared guidance from her father who told her to always “speak up for what I think is the right answer, even if it's not the popular answer.”
Hess also offered her own advice to the tech industry, urging companies to pursue gender diversity.
“Keep promoting women whenever possible. Look for qualified women to fill positions in tech, both in operating roles and on boards even if it takes a little longer to find a qualified candidate. Qualified women are out there!,” she said.
Hess’ full profile is available through The Recorder’s website (subscription required). Managing partner Kate Fritz and trademark group chair Sally M. Abel were also recognized among the 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law.