Sapphire Ventures Adds Demi Obayomi And Abhishek Lahoti As VPs
Sapphire Ventures has hired Demi Obayomi and Abhishek Lahoti as Vice Presidents.
Obayomi supports Sapphire Ventures' investments in Series B through IPO enterprise technology companies. Prior to Sapphire, Obayomi was an investor at NextWorld Capital and before that, FirstMark Capital where he invested in early-stage B2B software companies. He started his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.
"Sapphire Ventures is excited to welcome Demi to the investment team. As we continue to partner with more companies of consequence, Demi's experience in B2B software and passion for the entrepreneurial journey is an invaluable asset to the team," said Jai Das, President and Partner at Sapphire Ventures.
Lahoti leads Sapphire's Portfolio Growth efforts in Europe, and as part of the role, heads up the firm's Global Expansion Center of Excellence. Based out of London, he is focused on expanding the Sapphire CXO network and helping portfolio companies accelerate their growth within the U.K. and European markets. Prior to Sapphire, Lahoti led business development and distribution partnerships at Dropbox in Europe. While at Dropbox, and before that at Thismoment, Inc., Lahoti was a solutions architect and sales engineering lead where he sold to Global 2000 companies in the U.S. and Europe. He started his career in marketing analytics at Adobe Systems.
"Abhishek is an incredible addition to the firm and the Portfolio Growth team. As Sapphire's global reach and European investment strategy continues to grow, it's critical for us to have on-the-ground portfolio company support in the region, providing assistance where needed and helping our portfolio companies scale," said Rami Branitzky, Partner and Head of Portfolio Growth at Sapphire Ventures.
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