Adriel Lares (Stash, Fastly, 3PAR) is one of the tech industry’s most accomplished financial leaders. In this episode of Ventured Growth with Hercules Capital, Lares joins Catherine Jhung to discuss how he conceptualizes the work he does as a CFO, what it takes to manage a complex, rapidly growing company, the importance of visibility and diversity in leadership positions, and much more.
How to measure progress in a large company. Three golden rules for work and life. Taking 3PAR and Fastly public. Growing up in Alvin, Texas as a child of Mexican immigrants. What producing wine in Napa Valley taught Lares about networking. Dealing with setbacks as a company. Balancing work and family life. Giving back to the communities we come from. And other topics.
Adriel Lares is an accomplished CFO and advisor. He was integral in taking two tech companies public–3PAR and Fastly. Lares recently stepped down as Fastly’s CFO to take a new position as the CFO at Stash, an app-based personal finance platform designed to help middle-class Americans build wealth. He is also one of three founding partners of Memento Mori, who produce some of the most sought-after wines in Napa Valley. Lares currently sits on the board of several organizations, including the National Hispanic Institute and the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Stanford University.