In early 2006 as Coburn Ventures entered its seventh month Brynne-Small in existence we got the huge huge opportunity to invite Brynne Thompson – then Brynne Stevens (and an enthusiastic Duke grad as if there is another type of Duke grad) – to join our fledgling team. She said yes though she insisted on giving her prior employer Lehman Brothers four weeks notice so she could actively help them further team efforts before her departure thus reflecting an ever present trait of Brynne – she has an extraordinary level of care for others even when leaving a position on Wall Street which is sadly usually an experience of “good riddance” for most.