PATH TO BECOMING A CFO

Ajay Vashee, former CFO at Dropbox.

Ex-Oracle CFO, now investor, Jeffery Epstein, will talk with Ajay Vashee about building his career, including the experience of taking his company public.
Wed, Sep 21 • 4:00pm ET / 1:00pm PT
Zoom

Ajay Vashee is the former CFO at Dropbox and is now a General Partner at the venture firm IVP in Silicon Valley. We hope you’ll join us as he shares his Path to Becoming a CFO story with Jeff Epstein. In this conversation, we’ll hear how Ajay’s journey took him from an early career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley in NYC followed by a move to investment firm NEA to work in their San Francisco office. From there, Ajay made the leap to a then five-year-old series B company called Dropbox. He served in various finance roles for four years before being tapped as its CFO. His tenure as CFO included two years pre-IPO and then a further two years after taking the company public. Ajay’s perspective on setting objectives and operational realities is invaluable. We’re looking forward to a wonderful conversation about his time at Dropbox and how he perceives the role and importance of the finance team from his position as an investor. 

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Speakers.

Ajay Vashee

CFO
at
Dropbox

Ajay Vashee

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Ajay Vashee is a General Partner at IVP, where he focuses on investing in later-stage, high-growth consumer and enterprise companies. Before IVP, Ajay was CFO at Dropbox, where he led the company through its milestone IPO and first few years as a public company. During his tenure, Ajay helped Dropbox scale into one of the world’s largest SaaS businesses — from $45M to nearly $2B in revenue, and from 50M to more than 600M users. Over that time, the employee base grew 30-fold, and the company opened offices across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Ajay built the finance, corporate development, and real estate organizations from the ground up, and under his leadership, Dropbox made close to a dozen acquisitions.

Jeff Epstein

Operating Partner
at
Bessemer Venture Partners

Jeff Epstein

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Jeff Epstein is an Operating Partner in the Silicon Valley office, where he leads Bessemer’s CFO Advisory Board and helps portfolio company CEOs and CFOs share best practices. He is the former Executive Vice President and CFO at Oracle, one of the world’s largest and most profitable technology companies, with a market value of over $150B. Prior to joining Oracle, Jeff served as CFO at several public and private companies, including DoubleClick (sold to Google), King World Productions (sold to CBS), and Nielsen’s Media Measurement and Information Group. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker at The First Boston Corporation. He specializes in B2B software, marketplaces, and AI software. Jeff is Co-CEO at Apex Technology, a SPAC which has announced a merger with AvePoint. Each winter, Jeff co-teaches the Lean Launchpad class at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Engineering. He serves on the boards of directors at Kaiser Permanente, Twilio, Poshmark, Shutterstock, and several private companies. Jeff served on the board of directors at Booking Holdings/Priceline for 16 years as its market value grew from $1B to $80B. He holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a BA from Yale College, where he graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

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Aspiring and acting CFOs.
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