Entrepreneurship | episode 486

Unlocking Digital Change with Emmet B. Keeffe III of Insight Partners

Emmet B. Keeffe III is the founder of Insight IGNITE and an operating partner at Insight Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm with over $30 billion in assets under management. He focuses on accelerating digital transformation at large global companies by driving the awareness and adoption of transformative enterprise software. Emmet also advises portfolio CEOs on sales, marketing, and business development growth strategies. Emmet has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and board member. September 17, 2020

486: Emmet B. Keeffe III, Operating Partner at Insight Partners and founder of Insight IGNITE, discusses:

  • The three parts of Insight’s investment thesis
  • An overview of the company’s digital acceleration program, Insight IGNITE
  • The challenges of communication between IT and the rest of the business
  • How Insight Partners can save IT leaders many trips to Silicon Valley by finding tech globally
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated many of the areas the company has invested in
  • The four types of boards that exist based on the size and maturity of those companies and the assistance each needs from its directors
  • The increased importance on creativity for humans with more AI and automation
  • Emmet’s take on IoT, the cloud, automation, 5G, and RPA

Among a variety of other topics.


This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

"I would say the data came out of the hype cycle during the crisis. This whole data is the new oil thing was just all part of the hype cycle, but now, people have realized that data is actually mission-critical. Interestingly, many of the things that we invested in have now accelerated even faster."

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

From strategy to implementation

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