Aggressive, Nimble, Risk-Tolerant: What It Takes to Go In-House at a Startup

Young business crew working with new startup project. Photo: SFIO CRACHO/

In 2014, Chris Handman became the 55th employee at the burgeoning startup Snapchat. When he left his practice at Hogan Lovells to create the legal department of the social media company, he said half of his colleagues never heard of Snapchat and the other half thought it was a bad idea.