Shruti joined Sapphire Ventures in 2014 and leads the firm’s CXO platform, a powerful and unique network of Fortune CIOs, CTOs, and digital executives embracing emerging technologies and actively collaborating with the firm. In developing the forum, Shruti’s vision is to drive synergistic value for corporate innovators and startups. This takes myriad forms – from helping portfolio companies break into new verticals via customer introductions, advising CIOs on building innovation pipelines and processes, or channeling CIO feedback on product strategy.
Shruti was introduced to the world of tech during her time as an IDC industry analyst, before going on to earn her MBA at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a six-year tenure at SAP spanning geographies (US, Germany, UK) and roles. Shruti led product for SAP’s cloud business travel solution, driving rapid customer adoption at SAP’s top accounts and developing technology and distribution partnerships with startups and tech giants. Her work inking product alliances with startups sparked her interest in the dynamic world of venture capital, eventually motivating Shruti to join Sapphire for the rare and exciting opportunity to help some of the industry’s most inspiring startups become even more successful.
Shruti has an MBA from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s in international relations from Wellesley College. She speaks fluent French and Hindi, and is an avid traveler together with her husband and two daughters.