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Robert Smith on Unfettered Conversations with A and Z

Episode Summary

Ben and Marc talk to Robert F. Smith, founder, chairman, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, about his journey from chemical engineer to investor, including what he learned as an intern at Bell Labs, how he realized buyouts made sense in enterprise software, and his current philanthropic focus on broadband access, student debt, and music education.

Episode Notes

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