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First off, thanks for taking the time to learn a bit about me, Paul Harraka, and my company, Anodize Capital Partners. The rest of the pages on this site tell you about us and what we're looking for, but you're ultimately going to be in business with me and I'd like to tell you a bit about who I am: I'm an entrepreneur, a competitor, a son, a brother, a volunteer, and a Christian. I bleed Duke Blue, and have begun cheering for the Stanford Cardinal, too. I'll cover as much of that as briefly as I can:
My professional life started in NASCAR. I began racing competitively as a kid in the 90s, climbed the racing ladder as I grew older, and was fortunate enough to drive for many great NASCAR teams over a decade long professional career. I had the amazing opportunity and responsibility to lead men and women ranging from car mechanics to sponsorship sales professionals. We found great success, winning many races and a NASCAR Championship along the way, but I also found something else: entrepreneurship.
During my racing years, I learned that what I really love most is leading people and solving complex problems. When I hung up my helmet, I took that passion and skillset to Verizon, where I led a team in their headquarters. While I had a great experience, I learned quickly that big companies with tens of thousands of people spread throughout the world just don't have the same feel as the race teams that I had considered like family.
I knew that small and medium companies were my sweet spot, and chose to go to the "mecca" of entrepreneurship: Stanford's business school (I did my Bachelor's at Duke University while racing). I was presented with a unique opportunity when I finished my MBA there: my professors, many of whom became wealthy by building companies now worth over $100 million each, were willing to back me in my own entrepreneurial journey. I chose to pursue this path, created Anodize Capital Partners, and raised additional capital from my mentors and friends.
Racing also gave me another gift: service to children and the mentally ill. For the last 11 years, I've devoted the majority of my efforts to Childhelp, a national nonprofit dedicated to abused, neglected, and at risk children. We serve those children through our 175 residential beds and programs. I've helped in any and every way I could, including a term on their Board. If you're at all interested in these cause, I'd love to talk to you about them!