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A Conversation with Anoushka Vaswani – Partner @ Lightspeed Venture Partners | Softbank Investment Advisers | MasterClass | Matrix Partners

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Women in Venture Capital
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In today's episode we chat with our first female partner on the show, Anoushka Vaswani, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners in the Bay Area. Anoushka talks to us about enterprise software, diversity at the decision table, the importance of self-advocacy in career progression and fundraising amid
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In today's episode we chat with our first female partner on the show, Anoushka Vaswani, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners in the Bay Area. Anoushka talks to us about enterprise software, diversity at the decision table, the importance of self-advocacy in career progression and fundraising amid COVID.At Lightspeed, Anoushka focuses on growth-stage companies within the enterprise software and infrastructure ecosystems. She has years of investing experience, having previously worked on the investment teams of Softbank Investment Advisers and Matrix Partners. She also has startup experience as a product manager at MasterClass. Anoushka started her career in banking at Goldman Sachs before moving to consulting at McKinsey. She double majored in Economics and Psychology at Columbia and went to Harvard for her MBA.
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pretty incredible opportunities, building a little more on that in a ska. We've had conversations with a number of women in M B A. Programs on a concern that came up a lot was the fear of getting stuck at the entry level position and non surprisingly, really given female partners and BCS still who were about 10% only as someone who has moved up the ladder and is now a partner. How was your experience with career progression in this industry? I think one thing I've had to learn and maybe, um, you know a lot of my female friends have had to learn is How do you advocate for yourself, Andi? I think there's some sort of stat about If you know, males see a job description and meet, you know, 25% of criteria they'll apply. And sometimes that isn't true of females or believe there is kind of one study done. Um, but I think you know, across both genders, like, how do you become a self advocate? How do you gain, um, kind of the courage of conviction to kind of speak up? Ah, when you feel like you, you know, have a view or know something. Well, uh, is definitely a skill to be exercised. Um, and one, Honestly, I feel like I'm still still learning every day. Um, but I do think that is one, um, to consistently, like, hone and refine because it is challenging to kind of make those jumps from entry level two mid level to you. No more senior. And also just shift your, you know, mental model for your role in the organization and what you should
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