Nick Sturiale joined Jafco Ventures in 2009, bringing over twenty years of experience in the technology industry both as a venture capitalist and an entrepreneur. He has been with three start-ups in product and marketing roles and has developed great insights regarding how best to scale early-stage companies with limited resources. As a venture investor, he has guided and financed, from the seed stage, several significant companies.
Nick’s venture capital career began with Sevin Rosen Funds, a leading venture capital fund, where he spent nearly ten years, including eight as a General Partner. At Sevin Rosen, he developed exceptional skills as an active seed and early-stage investor. He then joined The Carlyle Group as a Managing Director and co-head of its Silicon Valley office focused on technology investing. Prior to his venture experience, Nick spent twelve years as an entrepreneur and operating executive leading all facets of product management, business development and marketing in venture-backed start-ups. He was founding CEO of Timbre Technologies (acquired by Tokyo Electron for $138 million) and held senior management roles with Quorum Software and Candescent Technologies.
At Jafco, Nick is on the Board of or is actively involved with Bill.com, Groundwork Open Source, RedSeal Systems, ReputationDefender, SocialVibe and Vuclip. Nick was also instrumental in the sale of Quellan (Intersil) and Solidcore Systems (McAfee).
Nick’s past investments include XenSource (Citrix Systems), which was acquired for $500 million. He also serves on the Board of Splunk, and YouSendIt.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Chico and an MBA with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, where he is a frequent guest lecturer.