NVCA Member Spotlight: Sapphire Ventures

Welcome to our Member Spotlight series where we give a profile overview of our many diverse members. For this deep dive, we spoke to Nino Marakovic, CEO and Partner at Sapphire Ventures, to learn more about his firm.

Tell us about your firm. What makes it different?

Sapphire Ventures partners with visionary teams and venture funds to build companies of consequence that significantly impact how we work, collaborate, and consume. 

For nearly two decades, Sapphire has been investing capital, resources and expertise in innovative startups and technology-focused venture funds around the world. With more than $6.8B in AUM, Sapphire Ventures has three distinct strategies:

  • Encompassing investing in rapidly growing enterprise companies.
  • Next gen early-stage consumer companies.
  • Early-stage VC funds. 

With team members in Austin, London, New York, Palo Alto, and San Francisco, Sapphire is well-positioned to help scale companies and venture funds, elevating them to become global category leaders.

Sapphire has its roots in enterprise technology investing. The firm has invested in more than 120 companies, achieving 20+ IPOs and 40+ M&As since becoming independent from SAP in 2011. IPOs over the past year include JFrog and Sumo Logic, and M&As include Punchh, Convercent, Portworx, Retails Solutions, Auth0, AllyO, and Segment.

Sapphire has a dedicated Portfolio Growth platform that delivers value to portfolio companies day in and day out. We measure our effectiveness by the impact our support delivers, which is why we take pride in an NPS score of 90 from our portfolio CEOs.

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