As an M&A consultant at Google, David immediately knew he was most interested in the technology, and not the spreadsheets behind it. He quickly switched to the "Innovation Consulting" group in his firm, and started getting a fantastic exposure into a multitude of interesting tech projects.
Yearning to be hands on with the technology he was advising, David Woodland joined Pebble.
Consulting could be an incredible place to start a career, being exposed to higher level problems than a new grad would be working on in a large corporation.
Consulting could be a spring-board of opportunity, but each person has to find their own way to leverage their experience to leap into the next phase.
Whatever you do, keep your mind open and think about the work you are exposed to beyond the task at hand.
Although personally no longer religious, David says that religion provides a framework for many people and generally leads to good things. There is no reason to tear down a religion if it gives someone happiness.
Now that he is no longer a Mormon but his wife is, it sometimes causes hiccups in their family, but they work thorough it with patience and understanding they would with other issues.
Stephen Curry was David's childhood basketball hero. David was following Steph closely and knew that he was into tech, and invested. Eventually, David was able to connect with Curry's agent, got Steph's interest, and fairly soon their partnership was on.
David is a 10x family man. He works hard but always finds the time for his kids. If you plan for family time, block off your calendar, and design your day around it, you can make it work.