General Counsel and Secretary
Mountain View, CA, USA
The alarm turns on NPR. My husband goes jogging, but I stay in bed. Sometimes I check email while I’m horizontal, but not today.
I get up to say goodbye to my 14-year-old daughter and get ready for work. I say, “Hurry up!” to my six-year-old son at least 20 times.
We are out the door on our way to the kindergarten drop off.
I arrive at work, triage the accumulated emails and respond to the urgent or easy ones.
My morning ritual: A cup of tea and fruit for breakfast from the cafeteria. My careful fruit peeling and cutting draws comparisons to surgery from my coworkers. I use this time to mentally go over my plan for the day, prioritize tasks and start thinking about some of the more complicated legal issues.
HR has asked me to review updated compensation documents. I provide some editorial suggestions, reread my go-to article about 409A and triple-check the 409A-related language in the documents. It always makes me nervous.
I review several draft documents and, after some research, respond to various legal questions by coworkers. The operative word in my title is “general.” Today, in this hour alone, I deal with an immigration issue, an IP issue and a capitalization issue.
I go over the headlines in the ACC Newsstand every day. This helps me keep up-to-date with relevant legislative and case law developments, as well as learn about rare — but possible — legal issues that I may encounter.
On busy days I have lunch “al desco,” but I make an effort to have lunch with my coworkers most days. It builds trust and rapport. Today’s conversation topic: Best Practices in Relieving Nasal Congestion in Babies.
I work with the sales team on several distributor agreements. When I need a break, I mentally travel to the countries of the various distributors and imagine what it would be like to buy a Lytro camera there.
Lytro is a privately held, VC-backed company and over time our capitalization structure has become quite complex. I periodically audit our capitalization records to verify that they are accurate and up-to-date. Usually, this is a five-minute process. Today, I notice a discrepancy and it takes me 90 minutes to find the cause and fix it.
I go over several terms with a prospective consultant in a draft consulting agreement. The agreement has somewhat unusual terms, and it is helpful that the consultant is actively engaged in reviewing it.
I discuss a proposed patent filing with the product management team. We agree to move forward with the filing, and I contact Lytro’s outside patent counsel with the news.
I serve as a liaison to our investors. Today, I provide capitalization information to one of them and a quarterly update to another.
I strategize my approach to a series of export controls analyses that we need to perform over the coming weeks.
I go home. My seven-minute commute in Silicon Valley is the equivalent of winning the lottery.
Family time! I try to find out how my teenager’s day was and have a tenacious negotiation with my kindergartner about the amount of video game time. My husband and I chat about our days. We eat leftovers for dinner and play “Two Truths and a Lie.”
Kids are in bed. I check my work email and respond to a few urgent messages.
This would be the time to focus on a difficult drafting project or another issue that requires quiet time and intense concentration. Fortunately, no such projects are on the agenda for tonight. Instead, I read the latest Lee Child novel. I am a detective novel junkie.
My husband and I watch the evening news.