In this section of our Alumni Committee Corner, we take a closer look and get to know our alumni advisory committee members a little better.

Partner Ian Goldstein gives us a closer look inside his Drinker Biddle career and shares what he enjoys most outside of the office.

I got my start at Drinker Biddle as a summer associate in 1994. It was a difficult legal job market at the time, and I remember feeling very fortunate to have received the offer for the summer position. I had a fantastic summer experience at Drinker – I enjoyed the work, got along very well with the partners and associates and loved the firm’s collegiality. The firm was a great “fit” for me … and it remains so to this day.

I spent 3+ years in our Philadelphia office before transferring to our Princeton office, where my wife, Sundi, and I wanted to set down our roots. However, after completing two venture financings and a strategic partnership arrangement for a startup “dot-com” in 1999, I left the firm in January 2000 to become the General Counsel of and to chase internet riches. We all remember the dot-com bubble bursting in March/April 2000. That unfortunate event resulted in my HoopsTV career ending earlier than expected and I returned to the firm in the summer of 2000 after I helped wind down HoopsTV and sell off its remaining, but very limited, assets for pennies. Although my stint on the client side was relatively short, it left me with a passion for entrepreneurship that has provided direction for my legal practice ever since.

Since that time I have centered my practice around advising entrepreneurs and technology companies and the angel and venture investors that provide the capital that helps fuel the growth of these businesses. Princeton is becoming a fast-growing entrepreneurial hub, and Drinker Biddle is deeply engaged in helping to build this ecosystem not only through client engagements but also by working with all of the local players (local entrepreneurs and investors, Princeton University, local governmental institutions, and others) to mentor, support, nurture and otherwise “pay it forward” in an effort to build a vibrant ecosystem where everyone benefits. I get to work with all types of entrepreneurs and all types of businesses in this space, and I find the variety of client engagements and the energy of the entrepreneurs an exciting part of my practice.

Here is an example: One of my favorite entrepreneurial clients is not a technology company but a bamboo bicycle company named Boo Bicycles. I know what you are thinking –bamboo bikes? Is this Gilligan’s Island? That is what I originally thought when I met Nick Frey, a professional cyclist and senior at Princeton University in the engineering school. I was introduced to Nick 5 years ago by a Princeton professor named Ed Zschau who teaches entrepreneurship at the University, and became a mentor to Nick as he began the process of building racing caliber bikes with bamboo frames. These bikes are super high performance and unique and beautiful as well. Nick succeeded in creating a niche in the marketplace and is now in the process of launching a company and obtaining financing from angel investors. Having mentored Nick informally for years, we are now in the position to help him launch his business and fulfill his dreams. Exciting stuff!

On the personal side, Sundi and I live in Hopewell with our two children who are growing way too fast (Summer – 12; Liam – 9) and what seems like a third child, our Aussie Shepherd, Jessie. When I am not on the soccer field watching Liam, at a swim or track meet watching Summer, or at spending quality time with Sundi, you will usually find me on the trails running in and around Princeton (often chasing or being chased by Jessie).