Leaving Goldman Sachs: A Tech Executive Shares The Risks And Rewards

Written by Jopwell

Lee Moulton’s first job was at Goldman Sachs, where he found an environment that encouraged collaboration and an open exchange of ideas.

Moulton said he learned the importance of being consistently excellent while working at the global investment banking, securities and investment management firm, according to a Jopwell interview.

Leaving Goldman Sachs was the biggest risk Moulton ever took. Now he’s head of strategic partnerships at tech startup Breather, which has an app that helps users access commercial office space by the hour.

Moulton shares insights on his career in this Jopwell interview.

From Jopwell, a hiring and recruitment platform that helps America’s leading companies connect with and recruit Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American professionals and students to scale. Jopwell is the first hiring and recruitment platform focusing entirely on talented diverse candidates from the most underrepresented groups.

Lee Moulton

Location: New York, NY
Job: Head of Strategic Partnerships, Breather
Education: Bachelor of arts in political science, Amherst College; HBX Core: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, Financial Accounting, Harvard Business School
Twitter: @lee_moulton

What was your first job, and how did it help inform your path and perspective?

I started my career as an analyst on the interest rates products team at Goldman Sachs. My mentor at the time was a managing director there and encouraged me to apply for the position. The most important lesson I learned during my six-and-a-half years there was the importance of being consistently excellent, even when no one was looking or paying attention. I also learned the value of giving and receiving constructive feedback in order to improve my professional development. Feedback is so essential when working in any team environment, especially one as predicated on collaboration and open exchange of ideas like Goldman Sachs.