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Looking to change the world for the better through technology, investing & partnerships. Partner at @SapphirePrtnrs – the LP arm of @SapphireVC. ✍️ at @Open_LP
Sep 13, 2023 6 tweets 2 min read
1/👑 Once upon a time, today's legendary venture funds were emerging managers…

Which is why today I’m excited to share that @SapphirePrtnrs is launching a new program to invest in emerging venture managers with a sole LP, @CalSTRS, the world's largest educator-only pension fund!

Why we are excited about this next chapter👇 🧵

As part of this new program, we are taking over the management of five existing CalSTRS “New and Next Generation Manager Funds,” representing $1.4B AUM.* Collectively, we have invested in 300+ emerging managers.

Our plan going forward is to invest ~$100M/year into emerging venture managers.🙌
Image @SapphirePrtnrs @CalSTRS @natewcl @LauraLPThompson @isabel_bloch @EvanTarzian 2/ Since we started Sapphire Partners more than a decade ago, we’ve had conviction in EMs as a critical part of the venture ecosystem and a successful LP portfolio. We built our investment program to reflect and support this.
Oct 5, 2022 7 tweets 2 min read
We are frequently asked what drives #outperformance for a #VC

To answer this we created a database of enterprise vs consumer performance 📊to spot patterns & analyze returns

🧵to share high level findings, but to dig deeper, download the full report👇

🔗 Image First, let’s define a power law::

We mean that only a small percentage of returns is responsible for a large percentage of overall return value, either for a specific fund or the industry as a whole.
Mar 22, 2022 16 tweets 5 min read
To reserve or not to reserve, that is the question… and a question we are asked frequently by #VCs.

The answer? It depends on your investing strategy, but TBD on results.

😉 #VCs take a couple different approaches in their initial check vs follow on strategies. Here’s what we see in our database ➡️

Jan 4, 2022 18 tweets 6 min read
Best wishes for 2022 everyone! 🎉

As we enter the new year, I wanted to share a bit of LP perspective.

We all know the venture market was on 🔥 in 2021, but how is that actually manifesting and what does that mean for how the proverbial table is being set for 2022? Here’s what us LPs are seeing and some of the questions LPs are asking themselves going into 2022.

Nov 2, 2021 18 tweets 5 min read
Hey GPs - In the last few weeks I’ve had multiple asks about emerging manager benchmarks/what we are seeing for 2019 (and other recent) vintages.

So here’s a quick 🧵 breaking down what we see in the case of 2019 venture funds and the greater LP context…

#OpenLP Key point: 2019 funds, emerging or otherwise, are *really* new.

Stating the obvious here, but it’s worth reiterating.

In the olden days of venture, asking about benchmarks on funds <2 years old wasn’t a thing.
Sep 7, 2021 17 tweets 5 min read
It’s September - time for the annual run to raise/close out #VC funds before the end of the year. For many #GPs - this means reaching out to an LP who passed on a previous fund. This thread deep dives into what to keep in mind as you circle back and reach out to #LPs that passed in the past (which I *do* recommend doing btw)👇

Mar 1, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
Lots of ink is spilled parsing differences b/w pre-seed vs seed vs early stage (etc…) investing. But some truths hold across all stages of venture investing! @alexiskold digs in here:… #OpenLP Truth 1. Venture outcomes are driven by a power law.

Power law is an immutable law of the universe, and that extends to #VC too. Most startups fail, but the biggest winners, when they happen, tend to be huge.

VC’s NEED 🦄’s (and decacorns!) to succeed.
Feb 25, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
The great debate in #VC “follow-on/pro-rata investing” vs “multiples on dollar invested” continues... #OpenLP --> .@fintechjunkie wrote a fantastic thread detailing the power of concentrating #vc’s capital into its best companies.