Paul Murphy

Partner at Lightspeed

Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners

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“After exiting my last startup, the game studio Dots, I was approached by a few funds to explore investing. I wasn’t sure I’d like it, so I agreed to join one of the funds I was closest to, Northzone, on a trial basis for nine months,” he says. “Turns out I loved it.” After three years at Northzone, Paul once again indulged his passion for building products, creating Katch, an app designed to free busy people from their calendars. Having unique experience as an investor, founder, and product developer, Paul has an unparalleled understanding of what it takes to build a successful business. Paul first crossed paths with Lightspeed while he was at Betaworks. Lightspeed had invested in two companies Paul helped develop: Giphy and Poncho. In the meantime, he led investments in what are now some of the most successful companies in Europe during his tenure as an investor in the region. He was reintroduced to Lightspeed years later while working together on a co-investment, and it was then when he decided to make the jump to Lightspeed and help build the firm’s European presence. Paul graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in computer engineering and received his MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. When he’s not tinkering with his latest idea for an app, you can find Paul skateboarding, kitesurfing, or trying his hand at nearly any other board sport.

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