Barry Eggers is a Co-Founder and Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, one of the leading venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. Barry has 26 years of venture capital experience and 10 years of operating experience and has been named multiple times to the Forbes Midas list of top venture capital investors.
Prior to joining Lightspeed, Barry held executive roles in business development and general management at Cisco Systems from 1991-1997. While at Cisco, Barry established many of the company’s largest distribution channels across OEMs, Service Providers, Distributors, and VARs. He also developed Cisco’s initial M&A process and directed the first wave of acquisitions and integrations for the company.
Barry’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) is exemplary on a business and philanthropic level. In the last few years, he has helped transform Lightspeed into one of the most diverse venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. He also led the creation of a scout program where the firm provides funding and support for a cohort of investors from underrepresented groups. Together with his wife, Meredith, they support programs that provide mentoring and educational access, conservation of land and creatures, sustainability, and pragmatic, economically viable solutions to urgent but difficult problems.
Barry serves on the boards of Venture Forward, the Industry Advisory Boards of Greenspring Associates, Giant Ventures, and is an Advisory Member of The Nature Conservancy’s Investment Committee. Barry previously served as the Chair of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Board of Directors. He holds a BA in Economics and Business from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.