What I Learned When I Watched My House Burn Down

As the founder of a growing startup, I’m no stranger to intense emails–but the one I got last month was a doozy. I was getting out of a hotel bed in New York for a full day of investor meetings when a former co-worker emailed to alert me that a wildfire was racing through my Los Angeles neighborhood–and heading straight for my house. After a call to ensure my kids and animals were safely out of there (they were), I turned on the TV and watched a scene that was decidedly not the series of “warm rooms” I’d hoped the day would bring. It was the smoking hull of my house, gutted by flames as a team of very brave firefighters set up in the yard to save what little they could and prevent further damage to the property.

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