Do VCs Need Tech Backgrounds?

Ravi Mhatre, Lightspeed Venture Partners
In conversation with: Ravi Belani, Stanford University

Computer science is now “the language of technology,” explains Lightspeed Venture Partners founding partner Ravi Mhatre, and studying a technical field like CS can give you an edge in many fields, including venture capital. That sort of technical background, he finds, is especially important for VCs who invest heavily in technology-driven enterprise companies. On the other hand, he adds, there are now plenty of tools that enable less-technical founders and investors to build businesses around web applications and data.