Laura is a founding General Partner of StarVest Partners, a New York-based venture capital firm with approximately $400 million under management that is funding technology-enabled business services companies throughout the USA
StarVest gained national recognition in 2007 as the lead venture capital firm in NetSuite, whose December 2007 initial public offering opened with a $1.6 billion market capitalisation, the highest market capitalisation of any venture capital-backed technology IPO since Google. Laura is an experienced entrepreneur and private equity investor. She has founded three successful entities, was an early identifier of the growth in digital media and has invested for over a decade in technology-enabled business services companies. As a founding partner of StarVest, she has been active with StarVest’s investments in Connected Corporation (acquired by Iron Mountain in 2004), MessageOne (software-as-a-service company acquired by Dell Computer in 2008), Newgistics (acquired by a PE firm in 2013), iCrossing (acquired by Hearst in 2010), Fieldglass (acquired by Madison Dearborn in 2010), ideeli (acquired by Groupon in 2014), PrecisionDemand (acquired by AOL TimeWarner in 2014), Veracode (leading on-demand SaaS software security platform), NewComLink (a payment network platform that connects retail consumers), Switchfly and RetailNext (leading data and analytics company within retail).
Prior to founding StarVest, Laura was responsible for direct private equity investments at Gabelli Securities. In the early 1990s, Laura identified digital media as a growth area and founded Sachar Capital. Laura was the Founding Chairman of the New York New Media Association Angel Investors Program. Laura has a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, a MBA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and she is a member of WPO and a former member of YPO (Young President’s Organization).