Evanston native founded successfull business

Switch Ventures ranked second-highest performing U.S. venture for its vintage year as benchmarked by Cambridge Associates. The company was founded by Paul Pearson Arnold and focuses on investing in new startup companies. Arnold attended public schools in Evanston and graduated in 1997.

Arnold holds a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy (with honors) and a Bachelor of Science in Economics (with honors) from the University of Utah. He studied philosophy (mathematical logic) at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England, under Timothy Smiley. He also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (Darrow Fellow — highest incoming honor), where he served on the Michigan Journal of Law Reform and was a John M. Olin Fellow of Law and Economics.

He was a summer law clerk for the Honorable Michael McConnell of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was also a summer associate at Latham & Watkins, where he practiced start-up and venture capital law. He is licensed to practice law the state of California. 

Prior to founding Switch Ventures, Arnold was head of operations and accounts for AppDirect in its San Francisco office and an engagement manager for McKinsey & Co. in its Palo Alto office. He lives in San Francisco, with his wife and young son. He is the son/stepson of Nancy and Tom Cleaves of Gold Hill, Nevada, and George and Britt Arnold of St. George, Utah.

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