Reframe & Reset Your Career Podcast

Episode 48. Part 1 Insights From A Successful Career In Investment Banking & Venture Capital – Roger Spitz

What does it take to make it in the highly competitive fast paced world of Investment Banking and Venture Capital? Roger Spitz and I discussed this and much more on Episode 48 Part 1 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

In this episode, we will learn about:

Determinism v Free Will,

Training as a chartered accountant which gave a great grounding and opened up options for his future career path,

The importance of standing out from the crowd and adding value in your job,

Insights into M&A and valuing companies,

The key skills to achieve success in investment banking,

Developing emotional intelligence and understanding yourself and your colleagues at work,

How relevance and staying relevant helps employability,

What are the skills that makes a good venture capital investor?,

Insights into decision making and overcoming cognitive biases, and

Jeff Bezos and reversible v irreversible decisions

Based in San Francisco, Roger is President of Techistential (Climate & Foresight Strategy) and Chairman of the Disruptive Futures Institute. He has given over 100 keynote talks globally, and guest lectured at many of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions. He is also the author along with Lidia Zuin of four guidebooks that are being published on The Definitive Guide to Thriving on Disruption.

As former Global Head of Technology M&A with BNP Paribas, Roger advised on over 50 transactions with deal value of $25bn, and raising $2bn in capital. He launched the bank’s US M&A practice in San Francisco, having built its European Technology & Digital investment banking franchises in London and Paris.

After a Masters in Corporate & International Finance from the University of Durham in the UK, Roger qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He has lived in 10 different cities across three continents, and is bilingual English & French.

Roger told me: “If you’re relevant and that relevance is something that’s tested every day you can be relevant today and not tomorrow but vice versa … you can be irrelevant today and suddenly become relevant … so to have the right skills, to stay in the game to continue what you’re doing or to develop something new you really just need to develop relevance but that’s relevance for your stakeholders, for your boss whether it comes through skills, expertise, something unique you have, that you’re just very likable, that you’re so indispensable that people cannot do without you”.


People & Resources Mentioned

Smoking/ No Smoking – Alain Resnais

Monty Python

Amara’s Law – Roy Amara

Elon Musk

Jeff Bezos


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