Cathy Gao

Partner

Cathy Gao

Partner

“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

As a daughter of a software engineer and a small business owner, Cathy has been steeped in technology and entrepreneurship from an early age. She has experience investing at multiple stages, from traditional 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.

As a Partner at Sapphire Ventures, Cathy focuses on B2B SaaS, digital healthcare, and data businesses. Cathy led the firm’s investment in and sits on the board of SafeGraph, and is a board observer at Medable, UJET, and Splashtop. She also worked on and supports the teams at CircleCI, Moveworks, and Gorgias. Prior to Sapphire, Cathy was an investor at AXA Venture Partners where she invested in Series B and C enterprise software businesses. And before AXA Venture Partners, she worked on buyout and minority recap deals at global growth equity firm TA Associates. Cathy also spent time at Gusto shortly after their Series B and watched the company scale from less than 200 employees to over 400, rebrand and launch two new products. She began her career advising companies on strategic M&A transactions at Blackstone.

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. As she put it, she is a major history nerd, especially when it comes to WWII. Cathy is also a staunch advocate for women in technology and venture capital, and is a proud member of AllRaise. When she’s not working, you can find Cathy at her local boxing gym or enjoying a Bay Area hike with her husband, Michael. Cathy was born in China, grew up in Houston, and will always be a Rockets fan.