My name is Muhan Zhang, and I’m the founder and editor of Startup Investing for All. Startup Investing for All (or ‘In For All’ for short) started as a personal blog in 2018 that I eventually monetized as a premium newsletter and community for angel investors. I launched the paid newsletter in August 2020, five months after leaving my last job in an unrelated field, and now have dozens of Internet strangers paying to read my thoughts on startups, venture, and entrepreneurship. If I hit my growth goals by the end of year, I’ll be able to say with a straight face that I make a living as a writer, eighteen months after starting.

For anyone that knows me, this latest development in my career is pretty unbelievable. I was in politics before, and before that, education technology and facial recognition. Although things sound neat and tidy in retrospect, never in my wildest dreams could I have predicted my journey leading me to media entrepreneurship and angel investing. This is why I hope to share my story forthrightly as a young professional with a large, unorganized set of interests outside of the traditional career paths. If you’re reading this essay, chances are good I sound familiar and you’re in a similar situation. If you make it to the end, I’ll even share with you ‘this one weird trick’ that helped me as I fumbled in the dark to make a dramatic, ambitious career switch. Now that I’ve designed a job that is both custom-fit for me, and has legs to support me economically, I hope my experiences can serve as a resource to anyone contemplating similar moves.

Without further ado, let’s dive into it.

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The Journey

To recount this journey fairly and accurately, it helps to take stock of what I had before making the leap. After leaving my last job, I was a young professional with a very public and early win in entrepreneurship, running an amateur blog on the side, in addition to a

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