Origins S2-E8: Winter Mead — Sapphire Ventures

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Winter Mead is a Vice President at Sapphire Ventures, where he focuses on Sapphire’s fund investments in the United States and internationally. Before joining Sapphire Ventures in 2014, he worked at Hall Capital Partners. Prior to Hall, Winter founded Mead and Mead, an international food distribution and logistics business, and also spent a number of years working for several early-stage technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Winter Mead, Sapphire Ventures

In this episode, we discuss why Winter joined Sapphire in the early days to help build out their fund investing business with Beezer Clarkson, how he’s building a track record as a young LP in the industry, and how Sapphire approaches working with VC fund managers in a way that looks and feels different than most LPs in the market today.

We discover in the discussion that Winter has met with over 700 funds since he started at Sapphire Ventures in 2014, so he’s had as good an experience as any to dig into some tactical items as well: How first time fund managers should approach raising capital, what it takes to go through an institutional fundraise, and how LPs and VCs can take a quantitative approach to the diligence process.

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