Doug Higgins


About Doug

Doug is a co-founder of Sapphire Ventures, as well as a founding partner and lead investor for Sapphire Sport. He currently manages the firm’s investments in Tonal, ConvercentManticore Games, and PlayVS. Doug’s previous investments include LinkedInDocuSign (NASDAQ: DOCU), Phoenix Labs (acquired by Garena), Paytm,  Fitbit (NYSE: FIT), Square (NYSE: SQ), and Ticketfly (acquired by Pandora). He is focused on investing in early-stage technology companies at the intersection of sports, media and entertainment technologies.

Doug has worked for a venture-backed startup as well as for one of his entrepreneurial heroes, George Lucas. He launched the business development group for Lucasfilm, creating strategic partnerships for Star Wars prequels.

Doug started his career in investment banking, with a focus on technology, at Robertson Stephens. More recently, he managed the Intel 64 fund at Intel Capital. Doug has lived in Madrid, Spain; Santiago, Chile; and Walker, Minnesota. He graduated with a bachelor’s from Duke University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, both with high honors.

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Picking the right investor is one of the most important decisions you can make as an entrepreneur. For Tonal, picking Sapphire Sport was a no-brainer. Doug and the Sapphire Sport team are patient and experienced technology VCs with an industry-focused Rolodex to match.

Aly Orady

CEO and founder, Tonal


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    Acquired by Synopsys (2017)

  • Convercent

    Founded on the idea that enhanced insight enables more effective oversight of an organization’s compliance program, Convercent’s cloud-based, integrated compliance management suite pairs a refreshingly intuitive user interface with natively integrated reporting and analytics.

    Acquired by OneTrust (2021)

  • Culture Amp

    Culture Amp makes it easy to collect, understand and act on employee feedback.

    CEO: Didier Elzinga

  • DocuSign

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    IPO 2018

  • Endeca

    Endeca provides enterprise search for large companies including and specializing in guided search, auto-categorizing results based on the keywords someone enters. 

    Acquired by Oracle (2011)

  • Fevo

    Fevo enables “social commerce” by making it easier to bring people together to create unforgettable group live event experiences and to share e-commerce preferences. With a powerful payments technology and a smart approach, Fevo is revolutionizing how groups purchase and socialize their transactions.

    CEO: Ari Daie

  • Imprivata

    Imprivata provides healthcare organizations with a security and identity platform that delivers ubiquitous access, positive identity management, and multifactor authentication. Imprivata enables healthcare securely by establishing trust between people, technology, and information to address critical compliance and security challenges while improving productivity and the patient experience. 


    IPO 2014

  • iYogi

    iYogi is an early leader in fulfilling the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). iYogi is a global software and services company providing solutions for consumers in both, the home and business. Leveraging its proprietary Digital Service Cloud IoT platform, iYogi delivers support to millions of customers.

    CEO: Uday Challu

  • Jibe

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    Acquired by iCIMS (2019)

  • LinkedIn

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    Acquired by Microsoft (2016)

  • Localytics

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    Acquired by Upland Software (2020)

  • Manticore Games

    Manticore Games is the developer and operator of CORE™, a digital playground and community designed to unleash imagination and explore new play experiences. Manticore Games was established by industry veterans from Electronic Arts, Blizzard, Respawn, Xfire, Roblox, Trion Worlds, Crystal Dynamics and Zynga.

    CEO: Frederic Descamps

  • mycujoo

    mycujoo empowers sport federations, leagues and clubs to easily livestream their competitions and matches. By combining low costs of production with state-of-the art quality and technology, mycujoo enables the creation of a worldwide sports network of nano-communities at national, regional and hyper-local levels.

    Acquired by ELEVEN (2020)

  • Newgen

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    IPO 2018

  • Overtime

    Overtime is the leading brand for the next generation of sports fans. They publish short and longform programming which generates over 1.5 billion views each month.

    CEO: Dan Porter

  • Phoenix Labs

    Phoenix Labs is an independent game company based in Vancouver, British Columbia and San Mateo, California. The company was founded in 2014 to create games for it’s passionate community and evolve the way great games are made and enjoyed.

    Acquired by Garena (2020)

  • PlayVS

    PlayVS is the leading amateur esports platform. It is the single community where players come together to compete, fans gather to spectate and coaches manage their programs. Through strategic partnerships with the NFHS and top game publishers, PlayVS has become the backbone of high school esports.

    CEO: Delane Parnell

  • Return Path

    Return Path is an email marketing solution that works on both the sending and receiving sides of email in order to help commercial email senders get more email delivered to the inbox. The program enables senders to diagnose and prevent email deliverability and rendering failures by improving and maintaining email sending reputations.

    Acquired by Validity (2019)

  • SAVO

    SAVO plugs your sales reps into the collective genius of your entire organization by connecting them to the best resources, insights and expertise so that they never sell alone. 

    Acquired by Seismic (2018)

  • Spring

    Spring is the global leader in enterprise mobility solutions. Our cloud-based, enterprise-grade mobile applications are designed to optimize productivity for medium to large field workforces for Consumer Goods, Financial Services, Utilities and Transport companies.

    CEO: Chris Lamontagne

  • Tonal

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    CEO: Aly Orady