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For more than 50 years, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) has actively partnered with entrepreneurs to build and grow successful businesses. The firm manages more than $3.7 billion in capital, has funded over 500 companies since inception and has demonstrated an exemplary track record producing premier investment returns during differing capital market environments. Our size, global presence and heritage enable us to offer our portfolio companies high-level, long-term assistance. Our experience makes us realistic about how businesses unfold, and we can advise our portfolio companies at all phases of growth, from start-up through IPO or acquisition.
NVP is a global fund dedicated to both domestic and international investments. We believe that raising one global fund is a distinct advantage for our portfolio companies. In today’s global economy, it is important that all NVP portfolio companies—whether they are based in the U.S. or abroad—benefit from our network of global contacts and resources. Therefore, we’ve chosen to invest out of one single fund, instead of keeping our international investments and partners separate from the rest of the firm. NVP partners are committed to each investment in the portfolio, regardless of the location, and they all have a vested interest in making each NVP company successful.
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Sergio brings to NVP extensive operational and venture capital experience from a wide range of business and consumer technology companies. Sergio is focused on early and growth investments in the digital media, mobile, and social areas. His current investments and board seats include Adaptive Planning, Bionic Panda Games, Branchout, Gemvara, Motif Investing, Rafter, and a couple of stealth projects. Sergio was previously on the board of The DealMap (acquired by Google), myYearbook (acquired by Quepasa), and StarCite (acquired by The Active Network). He is a board participant and is involved with Lending Club.
Sergio started his career at Morgan Stanley, where he advised several companies on mergers and acquisitions. Sergio was also a marketing and business development manager at Portal Software (now part of Oracle) which had a successful Initial Public Offering in 1999. Sergio was also the co-founder and first business development executive at Cymerc, which was a hosted SaaS solution for small and medium-sized businesses. Sergio successfully raised two rounds of venture financing and grew Cymerc from inception to more than $15 million in sales.
From 2001 to 2005, Sergio was Director of Marketing & Business Development at eBay, which he grew from $150 million to more than $500 in gross merchandise sales. Most recently, Sergio was Vice President of Marketing at Photobucket, which was successfully sold to News Corp. for $300 million in 2007.
Sergio was born and raised in Latin America and has worked in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. Sergio holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor of science degree in management sciences and engineering (industrial engineering) from Stanford University.
||Gemvara Online retailer of fine jewelry that offers a virtually unlimited selection of designs through its unique technology platform|
||Motif Investing Investment platform for retail investors|
||Rafter Network of software services for college administrators and educators|
||Bionic Panda Games Android-focused mobile social games company|
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