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5th December 2022
Carl Eschenbach is a Partner @ Sequoia Capital, one of the world’s leading funds with investments in the likes of Google, Apple, Whatsapp, Paypal and Stripe just to name a few. As for Carl, prior to Sequoia, Carl was President and CEO @ VMWare where he grew the team from 200 to 20,000 people. If that was not enough Carl has also stepped in as CFO at a $5Bn company and transitioned 3 CEOs.
In Today’s Episode You Will Learn:
1.) How Carl made the move from President and CEO @ 20,000 person company, VMWare to Partner @ Sequoia?
2.) Question from Alfred Lin, Partner @ Sequoia: How did Carl look to build a culture of performance at VMWare?
3.) Question from Pat Grady, Partner @ Sequoia: What were Carl’s biggest learnings with regards to high performance teams? What are the common mistakes in scaling a go to market strategy?
4.) How does Carl view the internal workings at Sequoia to the external perception? Was the move to Sequoia everything he expected? What was different or challenging?
5.) What does Carl believe are the core components that make a great board member? How has Carl’s time in operations affected his view of boards and their working?
Items Mentioned In Today’s Show:
Carl’s Fave Book: Half Time
Carl’s Most Recent Investment: Zoom
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