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Cathy Gao
Partner, Sapphire Ventures
Cathy Gao
Partner, Sapphire Ventures
San Francisco, CA

Cathy is a Partner at Sapphire Ventures. As a daughter of a software engineer and a small business owner, Cathy has been immersed in technology and entrepreneurship from an early age. She has experience investing at multiple stages, ranging from buyout to venture capital and has also sat on the other side of the table as a business operator. Her experiences have shaped her passion for deeply understanding business models and working hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs to help scale companies. Through investing, Cathy strives every day to express her core values of conviction, partnership, and passion.

For her work, she has been recognized by the Venture Capital Journal as a Rising Star and by Silicon Valley Business Journal as a Woman of Influence. 

Prior to Sapphire, Cathy was an investor at AXA Venture Partners where she invested in enterprise software. She started her career at Blackstone and TA Associates and was an operator at Gusto, joining shortly after the Series B. 

Cathy graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in economics and a minor in history. She is a history nerd and enjoys reading biographies in her spare time. Cathy is also a staunch advocate for women in technology and venture capital and is a proud member of AllRaise.

Focus Areas
  • SaaS
  • Future of Work
  • Healthcare
  • AI
  • Data
  • Customer Experience
Cathy goes above and beyond most investors—she’s an integral partner to Medable. She provides valuable business insights and rolls up her sleeves to help the team with any needs, no matter how big or small. Cathy is incredibly founder-focused and she is a thought partner and a true champion through the ups and downs of building a rapidly scaling business.
Michelle Longmire, Founder & CEO, Medable
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