Sapphire Events

Sapphire regularly brings together members of the start-up and Global 2000 CxO ecosystems for networking, skills training and thought-provoking discussions.  Learn more about some of our upcoming and recent events.

Thursday | 04.18.19

How To Be A Great CFO Workshop
Palo Alto, CA
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How To Be A Great CFO Workshop

Thursday April 18, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Starting with the building blocks of management training and behind-the-role tips all the way through practical IPO knowledge, this course, led by seasoned CFO, Rob Krolik, trained participants in different disciplines under the CFO umbrella.

Wednesday | 03.27.19

Marketplaces Dinner
San Francisco, CA
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Marketplaces Dinner

Wednesday March 27, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Friday | 02.15.19

NBA All-Star Weekend Reception
Charlotte, NC
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NBA All-Star Weekend Reception

Friday February 15, 2019
Charlotte, NC

Wednesday | 02.06.19

Sapphire Fellows Breakfast
Palo Alto, CA
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Sapphire Fellows Breakfast

Wednesday February 06, 2019
Palo Alto, CA

Wednesday | 01.30.19

Board Readiness Workshop
San Francisco, CA
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Board Readiness Workshop

Wednesday January 30, 2019
San Francisco, CA

From CXO to Board Director: Forging Your Path

An intimate workshop with a high-powered group Global 2000 CIOs together with Silicon Valley CXOs and CEOs to discuss how female executives can navigate their way to company Board roles at both public and private enterprises, and further develop as corporate leaders.

Thursday | 11.29.18

PropTech CEO Summit
San Francisco, CA
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PropTech CEO Summit

Thursday November 29, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Hosted by NFX and Sapphire Ventures, The PropTech CEO Summit is a gathering of the world’s top founders, investors and leaders to uncover the biggest opportunities in Real Estate Tech – what’s trending, what matters most and what’s next.

Learn more about the event at www.proptechceosummit.com or search for #PropTechCEOSummit on your social media.

Thursday | 11.15.18

CIO Dinner Series, Chicago
Chicago, IL
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CIO Dinner Series, Chicago

Thursday November 15, 2018
Chicago, IL

CIO Dinner Series: Leading A Culture Of Change As A CIO

Our CIO Dinner Series brings together CIOs at an exclusive dinner and discussion on the future of enterprise innovation. The dinners also bring together thought leaders and practitioners from Silicon Valley for a private peer to peer opportunity to discuss the future of the enterprise technology stack.

Thursday | 11.08.18

Marketing Leaders Dinner
Seattle, WA
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Marketing Leaders Dinner

Thursday November 08, 2018
Seattle, WA

Our marketing dinners bring together marketing leaders from large enterprises and fast-growing startups for intimate dinners and authentic conversation around the topics, problems and questions important to marketing executives today.

Wednesday | 11.07.18

Product Leaders Dinner
Seattle, WA
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Product Leaders Dinner

Wednesday November 07, 2018
Seattle, WA

Our Product Dinners bring together product leaders from tech startups and Global 2000 enterprises to discuss best practices and challenges around innovation, scaling and building highly effective teams.

Monday | 11.05.18

Venture Speaker Series, General Magic The Movie
Palo Alto, CA
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Venture Speaker Series, General Magic The Movie

Monday November 05, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Venture Speaker Series with General Magic

Our second talk in our Venture Speaker Series featured a private screening of General Magic, an upcoming documentary about how great vision and epic failure can change the world, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the film producers and General Magic executives featured in the film.

About General Magic

This is the story of one of history’s most talented technology teams. From the first smartphones to social media, e-commerce and even emojis, the ideas that now dominate the tech industry and our day-to-day lives were born at General Magic, a 1989 Silicon Valley startup that most of us haven’t heard of.

The film features members of the original Mac team along with the creators of the iPhone, Android, and eBay. These designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs saw the future decades before it happened. General Magic captures the spirit of those of us who dare to dream big and the life-changing consequences when we fail, fail again, fail better, and ultimately succeed. Learn more about the movie here.

Speakers

Matt Maude, Director, Producer, Cinematographer and Writer, General Magic the Movie
Dee Gardetti, Co-producer, Employee #4 and Head of HR at General Magic
Michael Stern, Executive Producer, and General Counsel at General Magic

Thursday | 10.11.18

CIO Summit 2018
San Francisco, CA
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CIO Summit 2018

Thursday October 11, 2018
San Francisco, CA

The CIO Summit is Sapphire Ventures annual gathering of enterprise CIOs, and CEOs from emerging technology startups to explore business and technology trends impacting Global 2000 companies.  This year’s CIO Summit focused on “The Future or Work” and how technology is changing how employees, organization and customers engage with each other.

Read more about the themes discussed, or view all of the presentations and videos from the event.

Thursday | 10.04.18

How To Be A Great CFO Workshop
Palo Alto, CA
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How To Be A Great CFO Workshop

Thursday October 04, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Starting with the building blocks of management training and behind-the-role tips all the way through practical IPO knowledge, this course, led by seasoned CFO, Rob Krolik, trained participants in different disciplines under the CFO umbrella.

The workshop included in-depth sessions on:

  • Management 101: Behind the Role of the CFO
  • The CFO’s Role in Board Meetings
  • FP&A Framework
  • Tax – Including Tax Consequences of Revenue Recognition Rules Under ASC 606
  • Physical Security

Monday | 09.24.18

Venture Speaker Series, Alan Cline, Vista Equity Partners
Palo Alto, CA
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Venture Speaker Series, Alan Cline, Vista Equity Partners

Monday September 24, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Venture Speakers Series: The Rising Trend Of VC Exits To Private Equity

In this venture speaker series, Alan Cline, Principal at Vista Equity Partners and Heather Somerville, Technology Reporter at Reuters discussed the rising trend of venture capital exits to private equity as well as the current private equity investment and M&A landscape.

Private equity is engaging more and more with venture-backed companies when it comes to both investing in and acquiring companies. With a unique background having been a founder of a tech company as well as a long track record of tech investing, Alan will share best practices and advice for VCs and entrepreneurs on how to best prepare companies to engage with PE firms, like Vista Equity Partners.

Speakers

Alan Cline, Principal, Vista Equity Partners
Alan Cline originally joined Vista Equity Partners in 2001. Mr. Cline is Co-Head of the Vista Foundation Fund and sits on the Vista Foundation Fund’s Investment Committee. Mr. Cline currently sits on the boards of Allocate, Lithium, LogicMonitor, PayLease, Social Solutions, and Upserve. He was actively involved in the firm’s investments in Accruent, AGDATA, Aspect Communications, Autotask, BigMachines, Bullhorn, Kibo, Lone Wolf, Main Street Hub, MircoEdge, Mitratech, NEWSCYCLE Solutions, Relias Learning, and SRC Software.

Prior to rejoining Vista in 2008, Mr. Cline worked as a General Partner at Accretive, an innovative venture capital firm focused on high growth technology-enabled service companies. Before joining Vista in 2001, Mr. Cline co-founded and served as the General Manager of Fandango, an internet-based movie ticketing business. Prior to Fandango, Mr. Cline worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Mergers & Acquisitions and High Technology groups.

Heather Somerville, Technology Reporter, Reuters
Heather Somerville is a technology reporter covering startups and the venture capital industry for Reuters in San Francisco. Previously a staff writer for the San Jose Mercury News and the Fresno Bee, she has worked for daily and weekly newspapers and online news sites across the country, covering national security, politics, education, the environment and immigration. Her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Charlotte Observer, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Center for Investigative Reporting and others.

She is the recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships, including the California Health Journalism Fellowship, the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative and the Berlin Capital Journalism Fulbright. She holds a MS in Journalism from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.

Wednesday | 07.25.18

Strategic Partnering Workshop
Palo Alto, CA
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Strategic Partnering Workshop

Wednesday July 25, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Strategic Partnering is a loaded and mysterious term to many. For some, it is the holy grail to business success, and for others, it is a necessary distraction. Everyone agrees that a partnership strategy is a key part of the business plan, but what really generates value for a business? What are the opportunities to leverage and what are the pitfalls to avoid?

Mark Sochan is a high-tech executive, entrepreneur, consultant, and speaker. For over 25 years, he has successfully managed hundreds of strategic partnering initiatives as well as mergers and acquisitions and has grown revenue for clients such as Cisco, Microsoft, VMware, IBM, SAP, Capgemini, and Accenture. Mark has recently published a book titled The Art of Strategic Partnering: Dancing with Elephants and in this workshop, he will share his critical insights with entrepreneurs, sales and business development executives from our portfolio on how to grow their company and their careers by creating game-changing business results.

Tuesday | 07.10.18

Product Leaders Dinner
San Francisco, CA
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Product Leaders Dinner

Tuesday July 10, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Our Product Dinners bring together product leaders from tech startups and Global 2000 enterprises to discuss best practices and challenges around innovation, scaling and building highly effective teams.

Thursday | 06.07.18

Summer Sales Leaders Event
Oakland, CA
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Summer Sales Leaders Event

Thursday June 07, 2018
Oakland, CA

The Summer Sales Leaders event brought together VPs of Sales, Chief Revenue Officers, VPs of Business Development and CEOs from Fortune 500 and fast-growing venture-backed startups for an evening at Oakland Coliseum for a private talk with Dave Kaval, the seventh and current President of the Oakland Athletics, followed by an A’s game.

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Monday | 05.21.18

CIO Dinner Series, Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
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CIO Dinner Series, Atlanta

Monday May 21, 2018
Atlanta, GA

CIO Dinner Series: Leading A Culture Of Change As A CIO

Our CIO Dinner Series brings together CIOs at an exclusive dinner and discussion on the future of enterprise innovation. The dinners also bring together thought leaders and practitioners from Silicon Valley for a private peer to peer opportunity to discuss the future of the enterprise technology stack.

AGENDA

  • Networking and Welcome Reception
  • Dinner
  • Top Innovation Opportunities for Enterprise CIOs
    Speakers: Ramon Chen, Chief Product Officer, Reltio; Kris Hammond, Chief Scientist, Narrative Science; Lamont Orange, Chief Information Security Officer, Netskope
    CIOs no longer have a choice when it comes to embracing cloud, AI and machine learning. These trends are here, permeating their organizations rapidly, and are poised to drive momentous shifts not only in IT but in global business overall. Thought leaders from three Sapphire Ventures portfolio companies will talk about how they are innovating in each of these domains and how CIOs can build a path to absorbing these disruptions seamlessly into their enterprises.
  • Venture Capital, Startups and Enterprise Disruption: Why Should CIOs Care?
    Speaker: Shruti Tournatory, Vice President, Sapphire Ventures
    It is imperative that forward-looking CIOs understand how best to navigate and maximize value from the growing global landscape of startups and the venture investors that fund and grow them. We will briefly discuss the state of the venture capital industry, top trends driving the funding of enterprise IT startups, and how the most innovative CIOs among us are identifying winning startup technologies, placing strategic bets and implementing enterprise innovation at scale in their organizations.

Tuesday | 05.08.18

CIO Dinner Series, Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ
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CIO Dinner Series, Phoenix

Tuesday May 08, 2018
Phoenix, AZ

CIO Dinner Series: Leading A Culture Of Change As A CIO

Our CIO Dinner Series brings together CIOs at an exclusive dinner and discussion on the future of enterprise innovation. The dinners also bring together thought leaders and practitioners from Silicon Valley for a private peer to peer opportunity to discuss the future of the enterprise technology stack.

AGENDA

  • Networking and Welcome Reception
  • Dinner
  • Talk One: Being A Data-driven CIO
    Speakers: Steve Phillips, Chairman of the Board, Wick Communications; Former CIO, Avnet; Ramon Chen, CPO, Reltio; Mehdi Daoudi, CEO and Co-founder, Catchpoint; Mark Johnson, CEO and Founder, Descartes Labs
    A few years ago, Global 2000 CIOs were wrangling with how they could effectively manage and collect the exponential growth in data sources. Those boardroom conversations have now advanced to what insights can IT organizations harness from their data to deliver a true digital transformation to their business. The stakes have been raised with technologies such as machine learning and cloud computing, increasing the pace of change within organizations. This panel of IT and startup executives will discuss the skills necessary to lead a data-driven organization and how data can be leveraged as a differentiator.
  • Talk Two: Enterprise Technology Trends: Through The Eyes Of A VC
    Speakers: Shruti Tournatory, Vice President, Sapphire Ventures; Rico Mallozzi, Director, Sapphire Ventures
    As a CIO it can be difficult to keep up with the pace and noise technology innovation creates. It is imperative that CIOs embrace modern disruptive innovation to ensure their company stays competitive. Join a discussion led by Sapphire Ventures to learn about our investment strategy, where we see VCs placing their bets in enterprise innovation, and how best to navigate and maximize value from the growing global landscape of startups.

Wednesday | 04.25.18

Marketing Leaders Dinner
San Francisco, CA
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Marketing Leaders Dinner

Wednesday April 25, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Our marketing dinners bring together marketing leaders from large enterprises and fast-growing startups for intimate dinners and authentic conversation around the topics, problems and questions important to marketing executives today.

Wednesday | 04.18.18

RSA Security Leaders Dinner
San Francisco, CA
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RSA Security Leaders Dinner

Wednesday April 18, 2018
San Francisco, CA

The annual RSA Conference Security Leaders Dinner brings together a select group of security experts from large enterprises and security-focused startups to network and learn from one another.

Thursday | 03.22.18

How To Partner Workshop: Microsoft
Palo Alto, CA
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How To Partner Workshop: Microsoft

Thursday March 22, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

On February 14th, Microsoft launched Microsoft for Startups, a new initiative that takes a fundamentally new approach to partnering with startups. With the program, Microsoft is committing $500 million over the next two years to offer co-selling options to startups, along with increased technical and business support.

Partners from Microsoft Ventures will lead a conversation focusing on the following:

  • Why should a startup partner with Microsoft?
  • How to GTM and co-sell with Microsoft – what you need to know
  • How to decide which Microsoft partner program is right for your startup
  • A sneak peek under the hood at Microsoft – get a better lay of the land to help you navigate
  • Best practices for partnering with Microsoft

Thursday | 03.22.18

Marketing Leaders Dinner
San Francisco, CA
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Marketing Leaders Dinner

Thursday March 22, 2018
San Francisco, CA

Our marketing dinners bring together marketing leaders from large enterprises and fast-growing startups for intimate dinners and authentic conversation around the topics, problems and questions important to marketing executives today.

Tuesday | 01.09.18

ASC 606 Tax Workshop
Palo Alto, CA
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ASC 606 Tax Workshop

Tuesday January 09, 2018
Palo Alto, CA

Co-hosted with regional accounting firm, SingerLewak LLP, this workshop reviewed the sweeping new revenue recognition standard (ASC 606) and its effects on SAAS companies from both a financial reporting and income tax perspective.

Partners from SingerLewak’s Silicon Valley office led a conversation focusing on the following:

  • ASC 606, key concepts, expected effects (financial reporting and tax) and implementation considerations
  • Year-end tax update discussing the pending (enacted) income tax overhaul and its key business provisions
  • Common tax issues for SAAS companies in due diligence.

Wednesday | 12.06.17

Preparing for GDPR Workshop
Palo Alto, CA
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Preparing for GDPR Workshop

Wednesday December 06, 2017
Palo Alto, CA

The scope and reach of GDPR is extensive and includes US and non US-based entities with operations in Europe as well as US and non US-based entities without European operations that have data collected on EU citizens directly or indirectly through their customers. Companies must ensure a compliance program is in place before the regulation’s May 25, 2018, enforcement date. GDPR specialists from O’Melveny’s Silicon Valley and EU offices led a discussion of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Europe’s new law governing the collection, processing, use and storage of personal data.

Monday | 11.27.17

AWS re:Invent Dinner
Las Vegas, NV
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AWS re:Invent Dinner

Monday November 27, 2017
Las Vegas, NV

At our annual re:Invent dinner, we bring together an exclusive group of cloud experts and cloud-focused startups to network and learn from each other.

Tuesday | 11.07.17

Design Thinking Workshop
Palo Alto, CA
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Design Thinking Workshop

Tuesday November 07, 2017
Palo Alto, CA


Design is one of the most valuable processes you can introduce into your startup. It keeps your company human-centered, attentive to customer feedback, and iterating quickly.

Sapphire Ventures hosted a half-day workshop led by experienced designers who introduced and guided attendees through Startup By Design, a design approach created for startups from the ground up.

Thursday | 10.12.17

CEO Forum 2017
CordeValle, San Martin, CA
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CEO Forum 2017

Thursday October 12, 2017
CordeValle, San Martin, CA

This invitation-only event convenes Sapphire Ventures portfolio CEOs to explore the playbook for building a sustainable rocketship in a retreat-like setting so that CEOs leave with relevant connections, new ideas and tangible opportunities for scaling their business.

View CEO Forum 2017 session videos here.

Wednesday | 10.11.17

CIO Summit 2017
CordeValle, San Martin, CA
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CIO Summit 2017

Wednesday October 11, 2017
CordeValle, San Martin, CA

The CIO Summit is Sapphire Ventures annual gathering of enterprise CIOs, and CEOs from emerging technology startups to explore business and technology trends impacting Global 2000 companies.  The 2017 CIO Summit focused on the future place of the CIO in business: the rapid pace with which the CIO role has evolved in the last five years, what has caused this shift, and a look at the defining tech trends that will shape this critical CXO role over the next decade.

Watch CIO Summit 2017 session videos here.

Wednesday | 04.05.17

The Future Of Enterprise Tech Selling
San Francisco, CA
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The Future Of Enterprise Tech Selling

Wednesday April 05, 2017
San Francisco, CA

This forum is devoted to exploring the playbook for next-gen enterprise tech selling and strategies for driving increased revenue and improved sales performance. Attended by CROs and sales leaders from high-growth tech startups to share the latest sales best practices, discuss how sales organizations must evolve to be enterprise-ready, and learn about the most exciting emerging sales/CRM technologies today.

SPEAKERS

AGENDA

Trends In Winning Enterprise Sales
As venture investors across the B2B startup landscape, we’ve seen it all when it comes to sales in hyper-competitive and high-growth environments. We will briefly highlight the evolution of enterprise tech selling, what’s working and what’s not, and the technologies VCs are betting on to shape the future of selling.

Scaling To Perfection: Oiling The Enterprise IT Sales Engine
This panel of seasoned sales leaders from VC-backed enterprise rocketships and global tech giants will weigh in on the prevailing wisdom for onboarding and ramping new sales teams; reveal tips for leveraging product and marketing teams to win; share tested-strategies to improve MQL; and assess what it takes to sell larger ACVs in order to achieve at-scale, sustained growth.

Separating Hype From Reality In Today’s Sales-Tech Landscape
This discussion between sales-tech upstarts and the investors who back them will help draw the fine line between those technologies that are truly positioned to move the needle and those that are mere distractions for an organization.

Getting From “Land” To “Expand”: How To Cross The Chasm
This panel of experts will explore both the selling tactics and enabling technologies, such as account-based marketing, that are most effective in helping startups realize the full revenue potential of their enterprise customer relationships.

Wednesday | 02.15.17

RSA Security Leaders Dinner
San Francisco, CA
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RSA Security Leaders Dinner

Wednesday February 15, 2017
San Francisco, CA

The annual RSA Conference Security Leaders Dinner brings together a select group of security experts from large enterprises and security-focused startups to network and learn from one another.