Steve Almeida has combined a background in economics, communication and law to create an unconventional career path.
After graduating in May 2011 with a degree in business economics (finance concentration) and communication studies, Almeida, an international student from Mumbai, India, took a year to explore his options before beginning law school. “One of my friends had moved to Texas from Oneonta. I visited her for two weeks over spring break and I loved it. A week after graduation, I packed my car and moved to Austin.”
Within three months of graduation, Almeida had landed a job as an offers specialist at Google, working with small- and medium-sized business on customer acquisition and retention strategies. Three months later, he moved into a different position at Google in sales data analysis and operations.
He left Google in July 2012 to pursue a law degree at the University of California. While in law school, he worked with three small startup companies in the San Francisco area. “I realized early on in law school that I didn’t want to go down the traditional route,” he said. “I really like working with small teams and working with startups.”
Almeida passed the California Bar Exam in July 2015 and landed a job as a compliance analyst for Plaid, a San Francisco company that provides APIs for software used by the financial services industry. After that, he worked in compliance and risk management roles at other companies before landing his current job as senior product manager for MarketPay, also based in San Francisco.
His dream job is to combine all his skills and interests in a start-up of his own. “I’ve sort of contemplated starting my own compliance firm. I have experience in both the legal aspects and the operational aspects. Most lawyers don’t like numbers; I like numbers. But at the same time I can also read regulations. I’ve worked with start-ups. … Ideally, long run, I’d like to either do that at a more established firm or do it just for myself as a consultant.”