SiT #9 – Leo Apotheker vs Meg Whitman

Our special guest this week is Christopher Lynch, a tech venture capitalist with Atlas Venture. 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.

You can listen to the episode in iTunes or on The Register.

Show notes and episode details after the jump…


Reminder “Speaking in Tech” will be podcasting from the Dell Storage Forum coming up June 11 – 13 in Boston as a dedicated session at the conference grilling Dell executives in front of a live audience

Our Guest this week is Chris Lynch of Atlas Venture in Boston

  • A VC’s view of the Facebook IPO
  • Facebook’s impact on other VC’s and irrational investments
  • Jump back to Chris and his roots growing up in Boston
  • From punker to VC
  • From DEC, to Prominent, to Lucent
  • The leap to Arrowpoint and eventual $5.7 Billion 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?
  • Now at Atlas Venture focusing on Big Data