“You should prepare for the right type of luck to find you.” Silicon Valley Bank’s Ashraf Hebela on the value of a long-term mindset in startup investing.
We caught up with Ashraf Hebela in a multi-faceted episode discussing cultural hybridity, market declines, serial founders and more. Ashraf heads Startup Banking, plus Analytics & Sales Ops at one of the largest banks of the United States, Silicon Valley Bank. He shares his views on the importance of building long-term relationships with founders and not just the companies they represent.
Hashem and Ashraf reminisce about their time as Harvard undergraduates in the 90s and how their college experience delivered a solid backbone for building a supportive network. They also discuss Ashraf’s career journey, the so-called “founder mentality”, the value of innovation and invention plus Silicon Valley’s ever evolving startup landscape.