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.”