Yasmin Razavi, General Partner of Spark Capital, will join us on stage as a judge for TechCrunch Disrupt 2021’s Startup Battlefield. His engineering background and fintech skills should pose trenchant questions to the founders presenting.
Razavi invests in early stage companies, fintech companies and development companies, but his experience until recently has been focused on engineering. She grew up in Tehran, studied engineering at the University of Toronto and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
A stint at McKinsey eventually led her to become a product manager at Snap, where she built the technology behind the app’s monetization stack. In 2017, she joined Spark and has since led investments in Marqueta, Deel, Rapyd, Niantic, Capitolis and Earnin.
We recently had Razavi at Disrupt as a panelist, and of course if you’re an Extra Crunch subscriber you can watch it all here.
“Ultimately, anyone who wants to be a shareholder or investor in your business wants to understand the unit economics of your business,” she told the panel. “For me, there are all kinds of fancy measures being launched; at the end of the day, they all boil down to the economics of unity and what return on investment can I expect when investing in growth? “
Razavi’s philosophy is to go into the market and outperform the competition, and then capitalize on that success. It’s hard to say why anyone would want to do the opposite, but the point is to act quickly and decisively as early as possible so that making money later is a natural consequence rather than a rush.
Catch her on the Disrupt Stage and grab your Disrupt 2021 ticket now!