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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 network.
Racing also gave me another gift: Childhelp. Childhelp is a national nonprofit dedicated to abused, neglected, and at risk children. They've been helping kids for 60 years (!) and I've been blessed to work alongside their team for the last 10 of those. Today, I sit on the Board of Directors. If you're at all interested in this cause, I'd love to talk to you about what we do!