Ep. 12: Laela Sturdy, General Partner at Google Capital

Laela Sturdy is a General Partner at Google Capital where she has led investments for the firm in consumer and enterprise companies. Laela joined Google in 2007 where she has started, scaled, and lead teams in several emerging product areas.

Prior to Google, Laela was a consultant at Bain & Company where she helped lead projects in a range of industries including media, retail, CPG, and private equity. Laela holds an AB in Biochemistry from Harvard College, a MSc in Multimedia Systems from Trinity College Dublin, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

In this episode we cover:

  • How to rise through the ranks at a large company like Google

  • Making the shift from operator to investor

  • Skillsets that she relies on to be a great investor


What is the best advice that you have ever received?

You get what you get and you don’t get upset


This episode is sponsored by the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  The Center focuses on addressing issues related to gender and diversity by promoting a fair and equitable work environment. Their mission is to develop diversity fluent leaders, advance progress, and transform the power base through four functions – thought leadership, curriculum and teaching, implementation and action, and serving as the central hub for activity at the Haas School of Business. Follow them on twitter @BerkeleyEquity