Partner, Scale Venture Partners
Kate is a co-founder and partner of Scale Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based firm that invests in early-in-revenue technology companies that are looking to scale. Kate and the ScaleVP team have backed successful, high growth companies including ExactTarget (SalesForce), Vitrue (Oracle), Ring Central (NYSE: RNG), Hubspot (NYSE: HUBS), Box (NYSE: BOX) and Docusign. ScaleVP is currently investing its $300M Fund IV in companies in the SaaS, cloud, mobile and internet sectors. Kate is instrumental in building the firm’s team and strategic direction. She also focuses on investments in software and business services, including SaaS and Mobile.
Kate is past chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and remains active in policy matters that impact entrepreneurship, diversity, start-ups and innovation. She chaired the IPO Task Force, whose recommendations to reform the IPO market were included in the JOBS Act, and she currently chairs the NVCA’s new Inclusion & Diversity Task Force. Kate writes a blog for the Wall Street Journal on topics that impact entrepreneurs and startups. She is also a current board member of Silicon Valley Bankshares (SIVB) and is a member of the NASDAQ Private Market Advisory Board.