Founder and President
Eagle View Strategy is managed by its founder and president, Eric Malis. Eric is an entrepreneur, startup advisor, corporate attorney, angel investor, and adjunct professor. He leads all client projects, engaging additional partners on a case-by-case basis. With over a decade of experience in business strategy and corporate law, Eric has a deep understanding of the challenges emerging companies face today. He serves his clients primarily as a thought partner, strategic adviser, and project manager.
I began my career as an account manager for a manufacturing company outside Philadelphia. Nearly two years in, I was selected to manage my division's sales department. But I turned down the promotion for the opportunity to go to law school. I wanted to learn how to think more critically in a systems-based framework and how successful people structure ideas, transactions, and companies. After graduating from the George Washington University Law School at the top of my class and completing a judicial clerkship in New York City, I spent the next three years practicing M&A and private equity law at Kirkland and Ellis in Washington, DC.
Then I confronted some difficult news. I was diagnosed with cancer. But I was lucky; the oncologists caught it early, and I was able to overcome it with relatively minor long-term consequences. The experience reminded me of the fragility of life. After recovering, I moved to Silicon Valley to pursue a passion I had been putting off while working myself sick -- helping innovators build the future.
I kicked off the next chapter of my life as an emerging company attorney at Cooley. There I learned as much as I could about startup lawyering. What excited me most was how entrepreneurs make decisions and the processes involved in building successful enterprises. So, I left “big law” behind to pursue more varied and interesting opportunities working with emerging companies. I co-founded Talis Partners, a law and strategy firm focused on the startup ecosystem, where I have been able to work with entrepreneurs in more dynamic ways than available to traditional lawyers. I ran the innovation and acceleration program at BootUP Ventures, a Silicon Valley startup accelerator and co-working space, where I was exposed to a different side of growing VC-backed companies. I began angel investing and serving as a judge in pitch events, where I have met fascinating people. I also started teaching. Initially, I taught law at Santa Clara University Law School, but I soon transitioned to teaching entrepreneurship and innovation at Menlo College.
I deeply enjoy working with entrepreneurs and providing actionable guidance on operations and growth. I formed Eagle View Strategy, LLC to engage clients as a strategic partner. I also continue to practice law, teach entrepreneurship, and invest in startups. When I’m not working, I spend most of my time with my loving wife, Arianne, our two cats, Nala and Gary, and our puppy, Theo.