|Headquarters||Palo Alto, California, U.S.|
|Nino Marakovic (CEO and managing director)|
Elizabeth "Beezer" Clarkson (managing director)
Jai Das (president & managing director)
David Hartwig (managing director)
Doug Higgins (managing director)
Andreas Weiskam (managing director)
Rami Branitzky (managing director; head of portfolio growth)
Steve Abbott (managing director)
|Total assets||$5.7 billion|
In March 2015, the company, along with technology companies Cisco Systems, Inc. and Siemens, co-hosted the first industry summit on the Internet of Things, named "IoT: Empowering The Enterprise" in San Jose, California. The event was advertised as "connecting investors, startups, technologists and Fortune 1000 executives to explore IoT in the enterprise."
In March 2019, the company announced SV Explorer, a free online platform to connect corporate IT executives with emerging technology vendors in the startup ecosystem.
As of December 2019, the company managed approximately US$4 billion assets.
On January 28, 2019, the company announced the launch of Sapphire Sport, a $115 million investment vehicle focused on early-stage technology companies at the intersection of sport, media and entertainment. Investors in Sapphire Sport include: City Football Group, AEG, Adidas AG, Major League Baseball, the San Jose Sharks, Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., and others.
In February 2021, the company completed at $1.7 billion fundraising round. Assets under management (AUM) reached $5.7 Bn at the end of 2020. The company is intending to "accelerate enterprise technology IPO funding" with the funds.
Since 1996, Sapphire Ventures has invested in more than 130 companies across 10 countries. By September 2018, the company participated in a $45 million venture capital investment in supply chain technology company project44. There was another private fundraising round announced for project44 in late 2020.
The company has "financed over 120 start-ups, including 23 IPOs and 42 acquisitions since 2011." In 2020, Sapphire invested over $970 million. Two of its companies, JFrog Ltd and Sumo Logic Inc), went public via IPOs in the year. Another six were acquired including Retail Solutions by Twilio.
In an independent study released on July 29, 2015, CB Insights, recognized Sapphire Ventures as Top 5 VC based on participation in major tech exits. Specifically, the CB Insights Report compiled a list of VCs with at least five of the top 100 exits in the period beginning Q1 2013 and ending Q2 2015, and ranked each VC according to how many of these exits they were involved in. Sapphire Ventures made the list at #4, with 10 such exits to its credit, behind Accel Partners, New Enterprise Associates and Sequoia Capital.
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