Rebecca Liu Doyle on Being a Minority Woman in the Venture Capital Industry, Features of an Investor Bankable Business, and the Importance of a Having Strong Team

Rebecca is a principal investor at Insight Partners focusing on areas such as high-growth software, marketplaces, and consumer internet. Previously, she spent time on Insight’s Onsite team, where she worked closely with portfolio executives on growth strategy. Rebecca started her career as a management consultant in McKinsey & Company’s New York office, advising clients in the technology, financial services, and consumer goods industries. Her work at McKinsey spanned a number of topics, including M&A, product development, and frontline transformation.

Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a BA in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. She mentors at 1776, is a member of the Acumen Junior Council, and helped launch the Parity Professional Program. She grew up bouncing between states and has lived in Louisiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Utah. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys eating and shopping her way through the city, cycling, Marvel superhero movies, and art history. She is fluent in Chinese, and has a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How Rebecca went from majoring in politics and economics and working on Capitol Hill to entering the finance industry. (3:40)
  • Discovering the world of start-ups and venture capital and the unexpected career trajectory that took Rebecca on. {6:24)
  • What it means to be an operator in a VC company, the role they play in your business, and how they can be an asset to your growth. (11:31)
  •  Traits of a venture backable business and the three characteristics Rebecca looks for  that really apply to all viable business. (18:55)
  • Letting go of imposter syndrome and being unapologetic about asking the uncomfortable questions. (32:03) 
  • Rebecca shares the aspects she feels helped her grow professionally quicker than most. (39:09)


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