TNT - Technology and Things

#36 Enterprise IT and Venture Capital with Lightspeed Partner Saqib Awan

January 26, 2021 Paul Ferraro Season 3 Episode 2
TNT - Technology and Things
#36 Enterprise IT and Venture Capital with Lightspeed Partner Saqib Awan
Show Notes

Mark Campbell, EVOTEK Labs CIO and Paul Ferraro sit down with Saqib Awan, Partner at Lightspeed Ventures to discuss the state of Enterprise IT!

Here are a few of the questions/topics we discussed.

  • Was your time at the newspaper foundational to your career overall?
  • How important is the culture of the companies you invest in and how do you effectively review it? 
  • You spend a lot of time mentoring and helping entrepreneurs, CIOs, and sales exec’s – what do you take away and share from these experiences and what’s your favorite part of these interactions?
  • In the first part of this year there was a lot of “Dry Powder” in the VC community. Can you explain what that means and is this still the case?
  • What changes have you seen in the types of companies you invested in this time last year and today?
  • How can today’s IT executive avoid being left behind by adopting newer companies in their solution stack without taking undue risk?
  • For those wanting to learn more about the VC community where would you point them?