Lightspeed Fellowship Info Session
Speaker: Jasmine Kriston, Director, Services and Saqib Awan, VIce President
Date : January 23, 2019
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Bates Building, room 104
Dinner will be served!
Jasmine and Saqib will be on hand to discuss the upcoming Lightspeed Fellowship
Lightspeed Venture Partners’ Summer Fellowship Program - a 10 week entrepreneurship bootcamp for teams with at least one engineering or computer science student. As a fellow, you work alongside the Lightspeed team for 10 weeks in Menlo Park on Sandhill road, receive up to 65k in funding, web services credits, mentoring from investment and industry experts, and more . For no obligation and no equity .
Applications are open, deadline is February 15th. This year admissions are rolling, so we recommend you apply early!
Read more on Lightspeed’s Fellowship website ; for questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Director, Services | Lightspeed Venture Partners
Jasmine is the Director of University Programs at Lightspeed Venture Partners (LSVP) - focused on
connecting students to Lightspeed programs and resources.
Prior to joining the LSVP team, Jasmine focused on building solutions for people as a leader in product
and operations. At Facebook she was a Product Specialist - focused on building intuitive sharing flows for
Stories and News Feed. At Pinterest she spent several years launching and building their API program -
accounting for more than 50% of their revenue - as their Developer Program Manager; as well as
acquiring companies and building product partnerships as a Corporate Development Associate.
While completing her B.S. in Economics at the Wharton School of Business, Jasmine built a career in
venture capital. She was a Founding Partner of First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund and was the
fund’s first Managing Partner. She also joined the Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) team as an intern focused
on marketplace investments - investing in Instacart and Offerup.
As the eldest of her siblings, Jasmine found it daunting to find her first mentors and steps to the
opportunities that interested her most - in venture and tech. That is why she’s passionate about her
work at Lightspeed - focused on creating opportunities for the next generation of founders and
Saqib joined Lightspeed in 2015 to oversee the firm’s CIO forum, which connects founders from our portfolio companies with industry experts who can help them achieve their goals. It’s an apt position for someone who has long believed that “you can achieve anything you set your mind to.”
At 13 years old, after immigrating to Canada from Pakistan, Saqib started selling newspapers door-to-door to help support his family. “This experience really made me value hard work, resilience, and goal-setting,” he says.
These three values would eventually take him to Deloitte Consulting, where he was a strategy manager, and General Motors, where for five years he was a regional sales manager. They also took him to Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was introduced to the world of venture capital.
After earning his MBA, he began working in sales at a startup before thinking seriously about a career in venture capital. “I really became fascinated by the impact a great VC can have in helping build iconic startups,” he says.
In addition to managing the firm’s CIO forum, Saqib also helps our portfolio companies with their go-to-market strategies and facilitates dialogue between entrepreneurs and prospective customers—anything to move the needle.
“On any given day, I’m consulting with a senior CIO, helping a first-time startup founder land her first customers, or working with a seasoned VP of sales to figure out ways to fine-tune their pipeline,” he says. “I enjoy helping our entrepreneurs succeed.”