Path to Becoming a CFO

Khozema Shipchandler, CFO at Twilio.

In conversation with Jeff Epstein, Operating Partner at Bessemer Venture Partners.
October, 2021

Join us for this fireside chat between Jeff Epstein, Partner at Bessemer Ventures, and Twilio CFO, Khozema Shipchandler. Jeff Epstein brings his own unique perspective as a former CFO at Oracle and Nielsen to the conversation with Khozema Shipchandler about his career path. Most of that career was built in-house at GE Digital, the venerable U.S. corporation with a reputation for innovation and leading-edge management practices. We’ll hear about Khozema’s decision to make the jump from GE to modern communication juggernaut Twilio just a few years after it went public.   

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Khozema Shipchandler

Khozema Shipchandler

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Khozema brings over 20 years of experience in finance, most recently serving as GE Digital’s Chief Commercial Officer. In addition to his role as CFO, Khozema also oversees Twilio’s trust and security teams. Khozema previously served in a variety of positions within GE, including as the CFO and EVP of Corporate Development, and the Vice President of Corporate Audit Staff. Khozema earned his bachelor’s degree from the Indiana University Bloomington and graduate coursework at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Jeff Epstein

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 $150 Billion. 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 of 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 $1 Billion to $80 Billion. 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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