Elizabeth “Beezer” Clarkson

Managing Director

  • "From day one Sapphire Ventures has been our trusted partner. When we raised our first fund, Beezer and the Sapphire team took the time to deeply understand our strategy and build a personal relationship with our firm." - Sunil Dhaliwal, Founder and General Partner, Amplify Partners

  • "Do you know our secret weapon? We have the best LPs." - Christoph Janz, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Point Nine Capital

Beezer leads Sapphire Ventures’ investments in venture funds domestically and internationally. She began her career in financial services over 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.

In 2016, Beezer led the launch of OpenLP, an effort to help foster greater understanding in the entrepreneur-to-LP tech ecosystem. Additionally, she is a judge for 100&Change, a MacArthur Foundation competition that provides funding to solve critical challenges of our time. In 2014, Beezer was named to the Forty Over 40 list of women to watch.

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.