Ralph DeBernardo

Head of IR + Partner

Based in Austin, USA

About Ralph

Ralph is a Partner and Head of Investor Relations for Sapphire Ventures, where he is responsible for managing all aspects of the firm’s investor communications and capital raising activities. Ralph works across all of Sapphire’s strategies (Ventures, Sport and Partners) to deliver the firm’s capabilities and develop long-term partnerships with its limited partners throughout the world.

Ralph has broad experience working with investors both in the U.S. and internationally, including large institutional investors, family offices, HNW individuals, wealth management platforms and consultants. Prior to joining Sapphire, Ralph was the Head of Investor Relations at Peak Rock Capital, a leading middle-market private equity, credit and real estate investment firm based in Austin, TX. At Peak Rock, Ralph worked with some of the largest institutional limited partners in the world.  Prior to Peak Rock, Ralph was a member of the Investor Relations Team at Vista Equity Partners, where he was responsible for raising capital and managing investor relationships across all investor types and geographies and product management across Vista’s credit strategies. Prior to that, Ralph was with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) in the Client & Partner Group working across the firm’s alternative product suite and helping to manage some of the firm’s largest strategic relationships. Ralph began his career at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in New York City.

Ralph holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University where he was also a member of the varsity football team. He has called Austin, TX home since 2017, along with his wife, Kaitlyn, and two young kiddos.

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Focus Areas

  • Partnerships
  • Investor Relations
  • Fundraising
  • Capital Formation
  • Venture Capital