General Partner, STARVest Partners L.P.
Laura is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners. StarVest Partners is a New York-based venture capital firm with approximately $400 million under management that is funding technology-enabled business services companies throughout the U.S. StarVest gained national recognition in 2007 as the lead venture capital firm in NetSuite, whose December 2007 initial public offering opened with a $1.6 billion market capitalization, the highest market capitalization of any venture capital–backed technology IPO since Google.
As a founding partner of StarVest, she has been active with StarVest’s investments in Connected Corporation (acquired by Iron Mountain in 2004), MessageOne (software-as-a-service company acquired by Dell Computer in 2008), Newgistics- now the leader in returns management, iCrossing-now the largest privately-held digital marketing services company, Fieldglass (leading human capital management software-as-a-service company), Insurance.com (the #1 independent Internet auto insurance agency) and ideeli (one of the leading online members-only, off-price, private sale/event-based retailers in the U.S.)
The firm’s value-added partnership maintains a laser focus on five key emerging technology and services sectors: Software as a Service (SaaS), Internet Marketing Services, eCommerce Services and Data Aggregation Services.
Prior to founding StarVest, Laura was responsible for direct private equity investments at Gabelli Securities. In the early 1990’s, Laura identified digital media as a growth area and founded Sachar Capital. Laura was the Founding Chairman of the New York New Media Association Angel Investors Program. Laura has a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, a MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and she is a member of the Gotham Chapter of the Young President’s Organization (since 2003).