Steve Abbott


About Steve

Steve is a partner at Sapphire Ventures, where he is responsible for the firm’s capital markets activities. Steve’s areas of technology focus include vertical applications software and hardware technologies, as well as the intersection of next gen media and disruptive technologies. He has served as a board director for Recommind and currently serves as a board director or observer for OpenX, Reltio, Sun Basket, Tonal and Fevo. Steve is a founding partner of the firm’s early-stage sports, media and entertainment technology investing initiative, Sapphire Sport. Prior to joining Sapphire Ventures, he was a managing director in technology investment banking at Deutsche Bank, UBS and Jefferies, where he led more than 100 financings and M&A transactions.

Earlier in his career, Steve was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and worked in technology corporate finance at Robertson Stephens. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, with highest honors, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a JD from Stanford Law School. During his time at Stanford, Steve was a fellow at the Stanford Center for Conflict and Negotiation and worked for the San Francisco 49ers on salary cap modeling. He served on the Bay Area Leadership Council for the U.S. Soccer Foundation. Steve is based in our Austin office. He has also lived and worked in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, London and Washington, D.C., and traveled extensively on business throughout Europe and China.

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Steve has been a consistent supporter for many years, providing tremendous value on strategic and financial matters to me and my executive team.

Patrick Quinlan

CEO Convercent


  • 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

  • Recommind

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

    Acquired by OpenText (2016)

  • 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

  • Tonal

    Tonal is the world’s most intelligent fitness system and the first truly personalized approach to strength training. Tonal enables people to lead healthier lives by providing them with the technology, guidance, and community support to effectively reach their fitness goals.

    CEO: Aly Orady