When Richard Liu entered college, he prepared for a specific job within a specific field. He may have had an expectation to stay within that role, within that industry, for the remainder of his working years. But as he learned, like we’re all are, it’s becoming less realistic, and less fulfilling, to remain within the same career for too many years. Career switching is quickly becoming the norm, but it’s easy to get intimidated by the idea. Richard Liu left dentistry for finance and found a way to do it without compromising his vision for success.
Raised by a dentist mother in a family of doctors, it only made sense that Richard Liu would enter the same field. After college, he came back to his New Hampshire to work at Evergreen Dental Care. His professional life was divided between performing restorative dentistry and returning to the college he graduated from, Harvard Dental School, to lecture students of dentistry on their profession and what they should expect when entering the job market.
For five years Liu would focus hard on his career and role as a lecturer before paying more attention to his personal passion, finance and tech. Liu became a small-time investor in tech startups, but this wasn’t enough to satisfy him. He wanted a career in this field.
To pursue this second career, Liu went back to school. With an MBA from MIT, he was a perfect fit for CRT Capital and FTV Capital as an analyst. With new experiences building up his confidence, Liu set out to found his own company, Morningside Venture Capital.
Career switching is how many are responding to a constantly changing economy, and even professionally successful people like Richard Liu are following the trend. But Liu’s long road to investing shows that passion simply isn’t enough. In order to invest in tech companies meaningfully, Liu needed a new educational and professional background, only then could he, with a bit of bravery, move into a career that complimented his professional passion.
About Richard Liu:
Richard Liu is a restorative dentist and tech investor. As a co-founder of Morningside Venture Capital, Liu sought out to builg up companies in tech, media, and artificial intelligence. A desire to follow trends in a changing global economy has brought the investment group billions in assets.
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