ABOUT

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CONTRIBUTERS

Elizabeth "Beezer" Clarkson
@beezer232
Managing Director, Sapphire Ventures

Beezer leads Sapphire Ventures’ fund investments internationally. She began her career in financial services 20 years ago at Morgan Stanley in its global infrastructure group. Since, she has held various direct and indirect venture investment roles, as well as operational roles in software business development at Hewlett Packard. Most recently, Beezer managed the day-to-day operations of the Draper Fisher Jurvetson Global Network, which then had $7 billion under management across 16 venture funds worldwide and 400 active portfolio companies.

Beezer earned a BA in government from Wesleyan University, where she recently served on the board of trustees, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Born in London, she has dual U.S. and EU citizenship and has also lived in Boston, New York, Honolulu and Spain. She moved to the Bay Area in 1996. In 2014, Beezer was named to the Forty Over 40 list of women to watch.

Winter Mead
@wintmead
Vice President, Sapphire Ventures

Winter focuses on Sapphire Ventures’ fund investments in the United States and internationally. Before joining Sapphire Ventures in 2014, he worked at Hall Capital Partners, an SEC-registered investment advisor. As a member of the firm’s private equity group, Winter covered buyout, growth, distressed, credit, venture capital and other private equity strategies. Prior to Hall, Winter founded Mead and Mead, an international food distribution and logistics business. He also spent a number of years working for several early-stage technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Winter holds an MSc from the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and a BA from Harvard University.