Sippl Macdonald Ventures is a private venture capital partnership providing investment
and management support to early stage and emerging software companies. We
formed Sippl Macdonald Ventures in August 1995 and since that time have
invested in approximately 20 companies. We invest primarily in companies
located in Silicon Valley. |
Sippl Macdonald has $30 million under management currently. Our investments
range from $200,000 to $750,000 initially, and we expect to participate
in all subsequent equity financings. We enjoy partnering with larger venture
capital firms in many of our deals, while extending our collective operating
experience to our portfolio companies regardless of investment size.
Our investment focus is on Internet and enterprise software opportunities.
We seek investments in companies that have a talented and experienced management
team, proprietary technology, and a market opportunity that can support
the creation of a large business. Our evaluation begins with a review of
the business plan, followed by a meeting with one or more partners. If we
assess a fit and mutual interest, we proceed with our due diligence process,
which involves researching markets, potential customers and competitors,
assessing technical risks and technical robustness, and getting to know
the management team, its "personality" and past business experiences.
What sets Sippl Macdonald Ventures apart is our unparalleled industry expertise,
combined with our collaborative, team-oriented approach. Our partners' experience
and backgrounds are in operating technology companies from the inside. We
lend the knowledge of our years of experience and network of operating executives
to our entrepreneurs in assisting with strategy, recruiting, making technology
decisions, and developing company and product positioning. Our most valuable
asset, according to our entrepreneurs, is our ability to empathize credibly
with the entrepreneurs' challenges and give perceptive, tactical guidance
while optimizing their long-term strategy.