7 Questions with Mona Sabet, A New Advisor at Berkeley SkyDeck

written by Becca Berren, November 28, 2018

Becca Berren: You are the newest Berkeley SkyDeck advisor.  What are you most looking forward to about your role with SkyDeck and what sort of companies are you interested in advising?

Mona Sabet: I’m most looking forward to working with the great teams that SkyDeck attracts!  I’m an engineer by training with a lot of experience in B2B software, including go to market strategy and software pricing models.  Companies that are focused on applying the latest technologies to come up with creative solutions for businesses and industries is where I can provide the most value.  Additionally, I was an entrepreneur myself, so I understand the challenges of starting and growing a company.

BB: You seem to be a jack of all business trades and have presented on a multitude of topics such as teaming, AI, diversity, successful exit strategy, change management, and intergenerational mentoring, to name a few.  How do you decide what to focus on next, and how do you quickly become a subject matter expert on it?

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