Laura Sachar is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of StarVest Partners, a New York City based venture capital firm investing in business-to business technology companies and one of the largest women-owned venture capital firms in the US. Laura has been a part of investing nearly half a billion dollars in over 50 technology companies and having served on 12 corporate boards. Laura brings deep knowledge building companies in the e-commerce/omnichannel retail data & analytics, financial technology/payments, marketing services and artificial intelligence sectors. She has worked on six CEO transitions including recruiting the CEO to transform a cyber-security SaaS company that sold to CA Technologies in 2017 and ultimately built a $1B+ valued business. Laura played a key role in StarVest’s strategy – which led to StarVest being the first and primary investor in one of the most significant software businesses that ultimately sold to Oracle for $9.3 billion.
Companies where Laura served on the board and was a part of building companies that ultimately became software platforms driving digital transformation at major corporations include two fintech/payment companies sold to Mastercard – one nearly $300 million; two vertical SaaS companies – one sold to Dell initiating its SaaS business area and one sold to Iron Mountain to become its digital platform; a marketing search company sold for over $300 million to Hearst in 2010 to become its marketing platform; and several infrastructure ecommerce/retail companies including one that ultimately became a part of Pitney-Bowes. Laura currently serves on the boards of three leading private growth equity companies where StarVest is an investor: RetailNext (ecommerce/retail infrastructure), Persado (AI/machine learning marketing) and Ceros (SaaS marketing).
In 1992, Laura identified digital media as an explosive growth area and founded Sachar Capital. She served as the Founding Chairman of the New York New Media Association Angel Investor Program (precursor to NY Angels). Prior to founding StarVest, Laura was responsible for direct private equity investments at Gabelli Securities and worked in investment banking at Prudential Securities.
Laura has a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She is a member of the Young President’s Organization Gold, Economic Club of New York, National Association of Corporate Directors, a Columbia Business School Women’s Circle Leader and a Private Women’s Investor Network Steering Committee Member. Laura actively supports women’s and girls’ leadership. She also serves as Treasurer and on the board of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, and she served for nine years on the boards of Ballet Hispanico and TrailBlazers Camp.