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The #OpenLP Podcast Miniseries: Beezer Clarkson, Sapphire Partners
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September 29, 2022
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#OpenLP is doing a mini-takeover of Notation’s Origins podcast. Listen to episode one featuring Notation, episode two featuring Kim Lew of the Columbia University endowment, episode three featuring Saul Klein of LocalGlobe, and episode 4 featuring Jaclyn Hester of Foundry Group.

In this episode of the #OpenLP podcast miniseries, the script is flipped and Notation Capital’s Nick Chirls hosts Sapphire Partners’ Beezer Clarkson for a deep-dive on the current state of the LP and VC market, given recent dislocations. 

Beezer 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. Prior to joining Sapphire in 2012, 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. Beezer currently serves on the NVCA Board of Directors and is an Advisor to Wesleyan University’s Investment Committee.

During the conversation, Beezer and Nick cover:

  • What Beezer is seeing on the ground
  • Where we might be in the current cycle / downturn
  • How VCs can respond both strategically and tactically
  • A recap of H1 activity and what’s to come in Q4.



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