Modern Investor: Aditi Maliwal

Aditi was born in India and grew up between India, Hong Kong, and Singapore. She is part of Google's Corporate Development team and is focused on scouting early stage opportunities and new areas of innovation for Google. Prior to Google she worked on investments in the consumer, marketplaces, and “future of work” sectors at Crosslink Capital in San Francisco. Her investments include BetterUp, PowerToFly, Chime, Inverse and Reltio. She's had a hand in startup growth and has advised fortune 500 corporations as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank. Aditi holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stanford University, where she captained the Women's Varsity Squash Team. She enjoys cooking, the outdoors and learning about new cultures.

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?

It has always evolved. When I was in 2nd grade I wanted to be a librarian because I loved being with my friends and reading (felt the library was the best place where all of this happened). By the time I was in 9th grade I wanted to be a doctor, took all science courses in high school. I then realized I didn’t love the science part of medicine but the helping people / connecting with people part of it, which is why I loved psychology and actually really wanted to become a psychologist. I came to college, was a psychology major but keeping with the theme of connecting with people decided to go into early stage venture capital - a way to invest behind people, their dreams and ideas and find ways to support and back them through the journey.

Tell us a bit about how you started your career and how you landed where you are now.

I knew I always wanted to work with people and find ways to support their ideas, help them develop it and find ways to grow businesses. Venture capital allowed me to explore this as does being on the scouting team at Google - find the next new area, idea, or entrepreneur that our team should know about and be investing time in.

What’s your favorite part of what you do?

Hearing people’s stories, what makes them tick and what gets them excited about what they are building and who they are building for. Connecting with team members across Google and educating them about new companies and trends that are emerging in their product area and how it is relevant to them.

Do you remember a really really good piece of advice you've received?

Yes, two really good pieces:

"Keep the destination in mind but enjoy the journey, this is a long life ahead."

"Believe in and fight for yourself. If you don't–who else will?"

With a kickass career, how are you thinking about family down the road?

It’s something I think about everyday. I got married a year ago and my husband and were dating for 7 years before that. I thought for a long time that I would be a mother at 27, as my mother was a mother of twins (my brother and I) at 25! However as I have continued to work in jobs with long hours, sometimes more skewing to the work than the life side of the balance it has definitely delayed my decision to have children.

I do want to have a children before the age of 30 (new age deadline in mind), I want to be a young parent and I want to also have a career. I have heard there never really is the “right time” to have a child, and so you do at some point have to take the decision to have a child and find ways to allow your life to align with the decision you’ve made.

How do you think fertility information can empower women?

It is incredibly important. Women have information today from their gynecologists, from friends, their family members etc. but it is the generic tales and not specifically tailored to your needs. Personalized information would be incredible, and becoming more aware of your own biological timelines can help women make more informed decisions about career, partner and life choices.

How do you think we can get better at lifting one another up? 

There's never enough we can do for others–especially other women. I do various things from hosting monthly women’s dinners with professional friends where we talk about how we want to progress in our careers, how we balance lives, relationships, growth etc. To having bi-weekly personal dinners with my closest female friends, discussing similar subject matter but from women with very different backgrounds and professional fields, however we are all dealing with similar ups and downs.

I take a call or meeting with every woman I get introduced to from friends, colleagues etc. When I was trying to break into VC, I remember I sent my resume and cold called so many different people and maybe 5% of those people took a chance on me? I want to be one of those 5% to take a chance and help another woman out the way others have done for me.


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