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.

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