When Evie was a small child, she’d be strapped into her high chair and I’d ask her if she’d like another snack. She’d nod and immediately start unbuckling her straps. 

“Evie! What are you doing? I’m happy to get it for you, just tell me what you want!” I’d say. 

She would turn to me and in her baby insistent voice utter her catchphrase of that era: “I DO IT MYSELF! I DO IT MYSELF!”

Whenever I used to tell stories of badass 18-month-old, 2-year-old, 3-year-old Evie at work events, Valley insiders would roll their eyes and say something like, “Oh I wonder where she gets that from…”

As I told them at the time, that’s giving me faarrrr too much credit. The degree to which I am a fearless badass is very much something I grew into. I was not remotely as fierce as Evie in my early 20s—let alone my toddler years. My first protest march was in my 40s. Evie’s was at three. And she grabbed a megaphone off a grown hipster and started a chant. 

Evie is badass concentrate. 

This week, she’s gotten a school project about entrepreneurship. Before you roll your “FFS San Francisco” eyes at me, bear in mind my kids go to an arts school. So this is actually a rare nod to the ecosystem surrounding them. Evie—of course—picked animal rescue as her company, not a pet shop because that’s cruel. She came up with this on a daddy weekend so I had no input. But the bulk of the project needs to be done this week during mom time. 

I’m soooooooo here for this. 

Little does Evie know that my first company—well before I helped grow TechCrunch or build Pando or started ChairmanMom or even became a chronicler of startups far and wide—was a no-kill cat rescue shelter in Memphis, Tennessee called “Mewtopia.” 

She’s more awesome than me for sure, but there’s no doubt some me is in there.

Is there anything better than seeing a glimpse of yourself in your child, given we all think our kids are the coolest things on earth? 

Go to this thread to share the collar popping moment when your kids unknowingly channeled you.

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