Nino Marakovic

CEO and Managing Director

  • "Nino is a super-astute, no-nonsense, no-BS investor who doesn't get caught up on matters of ideology or conventional wisdom. He picks his spots, keeps moving, and stays calm, qualities every entrepreneur wants in an investor." - Tom Chavez, CEO, Krux

Nino is responsible for the overall investment strategy, execution, operations and performance of Sapphire Ventures. After more than 20 years in various investing and operating capacities, Nino has participated in investments in more than 100 private companies and has held numerous board seats. Currently, he is a board director/observer at OpenX, OpsRamp and Reltio. He is furthermore closely involved with investments in Alteryx (NYSE:AYX), Box (NYSE:BOX), Feedzai, Integral Ad Science (acquired by Vista Equity Partners), iovation, MuleSoft (acquired by SalesForce), Scytl and Square (NYSE:SQ).

Before Sapphire Ventures, Nino was a partner with meVC Draper Fisher Jurvetson and IVF Ventures. Prior to venture capital, Nino worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Robertson Stephens. He has a BA in economics and psychology from Williams College and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Nino was born in Croatia, and has also lived in Austria, Italy and Germany before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area more than 20 years ago.