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Paul Sagan: The Trick Is to Understand What Customers Want

February 19th, 2015

Paul Sagan: The Trick Is to Understand What Customers Want The fact that Paul Sagan is a very smart guy shouldn’t surprise anyone. It runs in the family: He’s a second cousin of the late Carl Sagan — the astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and astrobiologist. 

A pioneer of the broadband and digital media industries, Paul Sagan is a three-time Emmy Award winning newsman who helped build Akamai Technologies into an S&P 500-listed tech giant. 

He joined Akamai in October 1998 as employee No. 15 and Chief Operating Officer, became President the following year, and joined the Akamai board of directors and became CEO in 2005. He held that post until he became Executive Vice Chairman and was succeeded as CEO in 2013 by Tom Leighton, the company’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientist.

Today, in addition to his role as Vice Chair of the Akamai board, he’s Executive in Residence (XIR) at General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge, Mass.-based venture capital firm that makes early stage and growth equity investments in rapidly growing companies.