Sapphire Ventures

Sapphire Ventures

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Headquarters Location

United States, Palo Alto

About

Sapphire Ventures is the renowned VC, which was created in 1996. The the headquarters of this VC is in Palo Alto. The fund is located in United States, North America.

The fund usually invests in rounds together with 5-6 others. Along with Sapphire Ventures, start-ups are often financed by Sutter Hill Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners, Focus Ventures as well as 217 other investors. Other VCs who often invest in the same rounds are Trinity Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins, the total number of co-investors is 166. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually joined by Goldman Sachs, General Catalyst, Scale Venture Partners, as well as 108 other investors.

When Sapphire Ventures invests, the average start-up valuation is more than 1 billion dollars. In real terms, this VC performs 17 percentage points more exits than other funds. The most common rounds for this fund are in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. Sapphire Ventures participates, on average, in 5 percentage points more than the average amount of lead investments in other funds. The most exits for the fund occurred in 2018. The fund generally invests in 7-12 deals every year. This fund was the most active in 2019. Besides, in 2019 the fund was active.

The average start-up age at the time of investment by this fund is 6-10. We can highlight the most popular investment areas for this fund, such as Internet, Analytics. In addition, there are 93 more industries where it has achieved success. The country of its establishment and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. However, start-ups from 8 other countries can be found in the fund's portfolio. The fund has no a preferred number of founders for start-ups that it invests in. When a start-up has 5+ founders, the probability of closing the deal is low. Among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund, are LinkedIn, One97 Communications, MuleSoft.

The fund was created by Andreas Weiskam, David Hartwig, Doug Higgins, Jai Das, Nino Marakovic. The overall number of key employees in the fund's team is 12.

Year Founded

1996

Fund Activity

Operative

Group Appearance [how often fund is operating separately from groups with shared interest]

98.4% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]

7-12

Follow-on Index [how often fund is ready to support its portfolio startup at next rounds]

25.9% of cases

Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]

x10.5

Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

4.5 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at unicorn-nest.com/dataset-what-we-tweet-vs-what-we-invest]

0.22 out of 1

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.58 out of 1

Number of Unicorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $1B]

19

Number of Decacorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $10B]

2

Number of Minotaurs [amount of portfolio companies, which raised more then $1B in total]

2

Funds Investing in Following
Rounds

Goldman Sachs, General Catalyst, Scale Venture Partners

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