My young life evolved along two paths. As a high-schooler in Saratoga, Calif., I worked summers in my parents' telecommunications company, where I did a little of everything, including drafting printed circuit boards. The 1973-1975 recession hit Silicon Valley particularly hard. Watching my parents get through that period, I learned you have to pull in your purse strings and redouble your efforts if you want to survive adversity. I know that people are often more resilient than they realize.

My father loved to invest in the stock market. Thanks to his influence, I began investing at a young age, which helped pay for my undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California Berkeley.

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