"You have to put yourself in places so that when opportunity knocks, you’re ready to answer.”
- The Most Influential Venture Capitalists, HuffPost
Sierra Ventures Blog Post by Mark: Investing in Change
“My first VC investment was in an open source (long before it was popular) security company. It was an absolute thrill to help build Sourcefire from a small team of developers in Maryland, to its IPO and then a $2.7B acquisition by Cisco. As an investor I have to play many roles and adapt with the entrepreneurs to the many ups-and-downs, but the theme stays the same – let’s do what it takes to build a great company together.” (Sierra Ventures)
Mark Fernandes is a Managing Director at Sierra Ventures, a leading early stage Silicon Valley venture capital firm. He joined Sierra in 2002 and focuses primarily on the software sector. Some of his prior investments include Sourcefire (IPO; M&A - Cisco $2.7B), Ooyala (M&A - Telstra) Frontbridge and Opalis (M&A - Microsoft) and DynamicOps (M&A - VMware).
Mark began his career as part of the founding team of a display company, followed by product roles at Seagate and Cisco. After his MBA, he was a research analyst covering the software sector at Robertson Stephens and Merrill Lynch. Mark holds a BS from Mangalore University (India), a MS from UC Berkeley, and a MBA from Harvard University.
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