Nino Marakovic

CEO + Partner

Based in Austin, USA

About Nino

After more than 20 years in various investing and operating capacities, Nino has invested in more than 100 private companies and venture capital funds and currently holds board director or observer seats at: ActivTrak, Adverity, Brightfield, OpenX, OpsRamp, Reltio, and SafeGraph. He is also involved with Sapphire’s investments in Attentive, Alation, Feedzai, Mirantis, Outreach, Sun Basket, and Tradewind Markets.

Nino’s previous investments at Sapphire include: Alteryx (NYSE: AYX), Apriso (acquired by Dassault Systemes), Box (NYSE:BOX), Criteo (NASDAQ: CRTO), Endeca (acquired by Oracle), Inkling (acquired by Marlin Equity Partners), Integral Ad Science (NASDAQ: IAS), iovation (acquired by TransUnion), Iron.io, Krux (acquired by Salesforce), Lavante (acquired by PRGX Global), LinkedIn (acquired by Microsoft), monday.com (NASDAQ: MNDY), Marin Software (NYSE: MRIN), MuleSoft (acquired by Salesforce), Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), Payscale (acquired by Warburg Pincus), Punchh (acquired by PAC Technology), Recommind (acquired by OpenText), Reonomy (acquired by Altus), Right Hemisphere (acquired by SAP), Scytl, Square (NYSE:SQ), Vendavo (acquired by Francisco Partners), and Zend (acquired by Rogue Wave).

Before Sapphire Ventures, Nino was a partner with 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 bachelor’s 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 the San Francisco Bay Area before recently settling in Austin, Texas.

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Focus Areas

  • Investing
  • Enterprise
  • Venture Capital
  • Thought Leadership

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

investments

  • ActivTrak

    ActivTrak helps companies unlock productivity potential. Its award-winning workforce analytics and productivity management software provides expert insights that empower people, optimize processes, and maximize technology.

    CEO: Rita Selvaggi

  • Adverity

    Adverity is a data intelligence platform enabling data-driven marketers to reduce complexity and deliver value by translating data into actionable insight. By automating the integration of hundreds of data sources, the platform provides a single view of marketing performance across the business.

    CEO: Alexander Igelsböck

  • Alation

    Alation’s empowers employees ito find, understand, and use the right data for better, faster business decisions. Alation combines machine learning with human insight to automatically capture information about what the data describes, where the data comes from, who’s using it and how it’s used.

    CEO: Satyen Sangani

  • Alteryx

    Alteryx is the leader in self-service data analytics, providing analysts with the ability to easily prep, blend and analyze all of their data using a repeatable workflow, then deploy and share analytics at scale for deeper insights in hours, not weeks.

    NYSE: AYX

    IPO 2017

  • Apriso

    Apriso Corporation is a software company dedicated to helping its customers transform their global manufacturing operations. It does so by enabling manufacturers to achieve and sustain manufacturing excellence while adapting quickly and easily to market changes.

    Acquired by Dassault Systemes (2013)

  • Box

    Box was officially in 2006 with the vision of connecting people, devices and networks. The Box platform allows personal and commercial content to be accessible, sharable, and storable in any format from anywhere.

    NYSE: BOX

    IPO 2015

  • Braze

    Braze is a comprehensive customer engagement platform that powers relevant and memorable experiences between consumers and the brands they love. The company went public in 2021.

    NASDAQ: BRZE

    IPO 2021

  • Criteo

    Criteo is the advertising platform for the open Internet, an ecosystem that favors net neutrality, transparency and inclusiveness. 

    NASDAQ: CRTO

    IPO 2013

  • 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)

  • Feedzai

    Feedzai is AI, coding the future of commerce with today’s most advanced risk management platform powered by big data and artificial intelligence. Feedzai has one mission: make banking and commerce safe.

    CEO: Nuno Sebastiao

  • iovation

    iovation was founded with a mission to make the internet a safer place for people to conduct business. Armed with the world’s largest and most precise database of reputation insights and cryptographically secure multi-factor authentication methods, iovation safeguards digital transactions daily.

    Acquired by TransUnion (2018)

  • Inkling

    Inkling Systems is a learning enablement platform designed for the frontline. Inkling brings together learning and doing to improve the employee experience from day one and every day after that by delivering mobile, effortless access to the training and resources they need to be successful in their role.

    Acquired by Marlin Equity Partners (2018)

  • Integral Ad Science

    Integral Ad Science was the leader in quantifying media quality for buyers and sellers of digital media. Integral’s technology drives improved visibility, efficiency, and ROI for players across the digital media landscape.

    NASDAQ: IAS

    Acquired by Vista Equity Partners (2018)

  • Krux

    Krux helps companies deliver personalized commerce, media, and marketing experiences to the right people, in the right way, at the right time across all devices, browsers, and operating systems.

    Acquired by Salesforce (2016)

  • Lavante

    Lavante was a provider of cloud-based supplier information management and audit recovery solutions.

    Acquired by PRGX Global (2016)

  • LinkedIn

    LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with nearly 800 million members in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

    NASDAQ: LNKD

    Acquired by Microsoft (2016)

  • Marin Software

    Marin Software’s mission is to give advertisers the power to drive higher efficiency and transparency in their paid marketing programs that run on the world’s largest publishers. Marin provides enterprise marketing software for advertisers and agencies to integrate, align, and amplify their digital advertising spend.

    NYSE: MRIN

    IPO 2013

  • Mirantis

    Mirantis is the flexible infrastructure company harnessing open source to free application owners from operations concerns. Mirantis has helped hundreds if enterprises and service providers build and operate some of the largest open clouds in the world.

    CEO: Adrian Ionel

  • monday.com

    monday.com is a work OS, where teams plan, run, and track projects, processes, and everyday work. It is a customizable web and mobile work management platform designed to help teams and organizations increase operational efficiency.

    NASDAQ: MNDY

    IPO 2021

  • Mulesoft

    MuleSoft’s mission is to help organizations change and innovate faster by making it easy to connect the world’s applications, data and devices.

    NYSE: MULE

    Acquired by Salesforce (2018)

  • Nutanix

    Nutanix is a global leader in cloud software and hyper-converged infrastructure solutions, making infrastructure invisible so that IT can focus on the applications and services that power their business.

    NASDAQ: NTNX

    IPO 2016

  • OpenX

    OpenX powers highly relevant advertising at global scale, delivering quality and value to brands, publishers and consumers across every type of connected screen and ad format.

    CEO: John Gentry

  • OpsRamp

    OpsRamp enables IT to control the chaos of managing their hybrid IT operations and act as a service provider back to the business.

    CEO: Varma Kunaparaju

  • Outreach

    Outreach automates and prioritizes customer touch points throughout the customer lifecycle. Thousands of customers rely on Outreach to increase efficiency and effectiveness of reps, drive collaboration between sales, marketing, and success, and deliver revenue lift.

    CEO: Manny Medina

  • Punchh

    Punchh is the world leader in innovative digital marketing products for brick and mortar retailers, combining AI and machine learning technologies, mobile-first expertise, and Omni-Channel communications designed to dramatically increase lifetime customer value.

    Acquired by Par Technology (2021)

  • Recommind

    Recommind’s enterprise search and categorization platform automatically organizes, manages, and distributes large volumes of information from multiple sources.

    Acquired by OpenText (2016)

  • Reltio

    Innovative Global 2000 companies trust Reltio to manage their mission-critical data to win in the experience economy. It’s an award-winning cloud-native platform that enables business agility, real-time operations at enterprise scale, and insight-ready data for big ideas.

    CEO: Chris Hylen

  • Reonomy

    Reonomy enables lenders, brokers and investors to win more business, close more deals and make better and faster decisions with its powerful analytics and a vast array of validated property and market-level data.

    Acquired by Altus (2021)

  • Right Hemisphere

    Right Hemisphere is the recognized standard for Visual Enterprise Solutions that enable manufacturing companies around the world to unify, synchronize and deliver visual product and business information to optimize their global product development, launch and support processes. 

    Acquired by SAP (2011)

  • SafeGraph

    SafeGraph builds truth sets for physical places, powering analytics at organizations like Ares Management, Sysco, Goldman Sachs, Verizon Media and the CDC. SafeGraph’s high-precision places data covers business listings, building footprints, and aggregated foot traffic data for millions of points of interest (POI) and thousands of brands.

    CEO: Auren Hoffman

  • Scytl

    Scytl is the global leader in providing state-of-the-art electronic voting and electoral modernization solutions. Its groundbreaking electoral security technology enables Scytl to carry out electronically all types of electoral processes in a secure and auditable manner.

    CEO: Silvia Caparrós

  • Square

    Square is a full point of sale tool, created for running every part of a business–from accepting credit cards to sales, inventory tracking, and small business financing. Founded in 2009, Square is available in the United States, Canada, and Japan. 

    NYSE: SQ

    IPO 2015

  • Sun Basket

    Sun Basket is a healthy meal kit delivery service offering easy, delicious recipes and fresh organic ingredients delivered weekly. Sun Basket makes it easy to cook delicious meals, eat clean, and feel great.

    CEO: Don Barnett

  • Tradewind

    Tradewind Markets has built a technology platform for digitizing the ownership and trading of physical assets. The Tradewind solution combines the world-class exchange technology of IEX, the fair, simple and transparent stock exchange with a blockchain application tailored for precious metals.

    CEO: Michael Albanese

  • Vendavo

    Vendavo powers the shift to digital business for the world’s most demanding B2B companies, unlocking value, growing margin and accelerating revenue. With Vendavo, companies develop dynamic customer insights and optimal pricing strategies that maximize margin, boost sales effectiveness and improve customer experience.

    Acquired by Francisco Partners (2014)

  • Zend

    Developing, deploying, and managing business-critical PHP applications.

    Acquired by Rogue Wave (2015)