"If you are going to win, you had better be ready to adapt (Scotty Bowman)." It's a privilege to work with talented entrepreneurs who are exceptional at seeing emerging markets, quickly adapting, and building for those markets.
Arif joined Lightspeed in 2008 and focuses primarily on investments in the areas of cloud and datacenter technologies, as well as enterprise mobile and SaaS solutions.
Arif is currently working closely with the teams at Avi Networks, EdgeSpring, Memoir Systems, Nutanix, Pertino Networks, Qubole and Virtual Instruments. He was also involved in several Lightspeed investments which have had successful exits including IO Turbine (acquired by Fusion-io) and RAPsphere (acquired by AppSense) and StreamOnce (acquired by Jive Software).
Prior to joining Lightspeed, Arif worked in the Corporate Business Development group at Cisco Systems where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, strategy, and investments in the Unified Communications, Enterprise Collaboration, Mobile, and SaaS market segments. Before joining Cisco Systems, he was with Novitas Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm.
Earlier in his career, Arif worked in technical development and product management roles at WebTV (acquired by MSFT), Andes Networks (acquired by SUNW), and Sun Microsystems.
Arif is a charter Member and member of the Organizing Committee for the C100, a non-profit, member-driven organization that supports Canadian technology entrepreneurship through mentorship, partnership and investment. He also founded WVP Ventures, a student-run venture capital fund, while in business school.
Arif holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BSc in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada.
Something most people don’t know about Arif:
I’m a proud Canadian who learned how to play ice hockey in my late 20s… and I continue to skate regularly. I am also Fluent in French – with an accent that’s partly Swiss, partly Canadian, and very Anglophone.