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Speaking in Tech: Leo Apotheker vs Meg Whitman

Money man Chris Lynch talks to Greg and the gang about who did it better

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It's a bulging bag of treats today at our enterprise tech cast, hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela.

Our special guest this week is Christopher Lynch, a tech venture capitalist. Chris is a partner at Atlas Venture and former CEO and President of Vertica (which was sold to HP last year) and Acopia (which was sold to F5 in 2007), and has led a number of startups to big acquisitions.

In this episode, Chris shares his thoughts on Facebook's IPO; talks about his work with the now "ex" CEO of Yahoo!, Scott Thompson; the sale of Vertica to HP last year; and shares his personal reflections on the management styles of Leo Apotheker and Meg Whitman.

In the podcast, we discuss:

  • A VC’s view of the Facebook IPO Facebook’s impact on other VC’s and irrational investments
  • Chris and his roots growing up in Boston
  • From punker to VC
  • From DEC, to Prominent, to Lucent
  • The leap to Arrowpoint and eventual $5.7bn acquisition by Cisco
  • As President & CEO of Acopia Networks, sold to F5 for $210M in 2007
  • As President & CEO of Vertica Systems, sold to HP last year for $320m
  • How ex-Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson helped marry HP and Vertica
  • Thoughts on Leo as a leader?
  • What did the transfer to Meg look like?
  • Atlas Venture and the focus on Big Data

Next week we'll be concluding our special discussion with Chris Lynch in Part II of the conversation.

Storage-heads, please note that Speaking in Tech will be podcasting from the Dell Storage Forum in Boston from 11 to 13 June as a dedicated session at the conference. We'll be grilling Dell executives in front of a live audience. ®

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